Newman, John Henry, Cardinal, 1801-1890
Autograph full score, The Dream of Gerontius by Cardinal Newman, set to music for Mezzo Soprano, Tenor and Bass Solo, Chorus and Orchestra by Edward Elgar, Op. 38. The title and back pages are signed by the conductor and musicians involved with the first performance at the 1900 Birmingham Festival. The title page bears the dedication A.M.D.G and a quotation from Virgil, ‘Quae lucis miseris tam dira cupido’ with the translation ‘Whence so dyre desire of Light on wretches grow?’ At the end of the manuscript Elgar wrote the quotation from John Ruskin: ‘This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved and hated, like another: my life was as the vapour and is not; but this I saw and knew; this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory’.