Elegiac air honours more than lost lives

Jones, Kevin (2003) Elegiac air honours more than lost lives. Times Educational Supplement, ISSN (print) 0040-7887


In the opening weeks of the Iraq war this article highlighted the irony of remembering the ‘fallen’ using the music of Elgar’s Nimrod, named after the mythical Mesopotamian hunter. It used the context to contrast Elgar’s contacts with hawkish US statesman John Hays, chief architect of the UK’s ‘special relationship’, with the pacifist counsel of Elgar’s collaborator A.C.Benson, who wanted to tone-down his lyrics to ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

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