The Dream of Gerontius, Autograph Full Score


Elgar, Edward, 1857-1934


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’.



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Birmingham Oratory|Music and Poetry

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Birchwood, Worcestershire, England



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Music|Religious Poetry

Authors & Recipients

Elgar, Edward, 1857-1934

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, June 2, 1857 – February, 23 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.


Newman, John Henry, Cardinal, 1801-1890

John Henry Newman stands as a giant in the fields of theology, philosophy, and education. Influencing many academic and spiritual disciplines, Newman's writings and his lifelong search for religious truth continue to inspire scholars throughout the world. Newman started his public life as a fellow of Oriel College and, soon after, as Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford, England. He was a leader of the Oxford Movement which began in 1833. A prominent member of the Church of England for the first half of his life, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845. Two years later, Newman founded the first English-speaking Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Birmingham, England. In 1851, Newman undertook the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland in Dublin. He was made a cardinal of the Catholic Church in 1879. His many scholarly works have remained a significant force.


Birchwood, Worcestershire, England

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