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Edward Elgar: The Kingdom. An Oratorio. Op. 51

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MS. Mus. b. 32

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Autograph fair copy of the full score, including corrections. Signed and dated 'Plâs Gwyn, Hereford, Aug[us]t. 31 1906' at end. The voice parts (words and music) were copied first by another hand except on p. 176(a), which is an added leaf containing an alternation of one bar preceding fig. 98 and of the five following bars, replacing a quotation from 'Gerontius'; p. 150 is an earlier correction of the three bars preceding fig. 86, pasted over the original p. 150. The score was annotated by Elgar and others in preparation for making copies of individual parts for the first performance on 3 Oct 1906 at Birmingham, and for printing by Novello in 1907. The annotations are in pencil, coloured pencil and red ink. Words for the German edition and altered notation are partly in red ink of a different colour from Elgar's, and partly in pencil. The printers' workings and page numbers were marked in plain and in coloured pencil.


  • Creation: 1906


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. b. 32, p. 1].

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MS. Mus. b. 32

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16600


Edward Elgar: The Kingdom. An Oratorio. Op. 51. Autograph fair copy of the full score, including corrections, 1906.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by the composer's daughter, Mrs Carice Irene Blake, 1970.


  • Robert Anderson, Elgar in manuscript (British Library, 1990), pp. 77 and 193.
  • Christopher Kent, Edward Elgar : a thematic catalogue and research guide, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2014), p. 257.

Physical Facet

366 pages, plus end-papers, in twos (some sections show marks of folding). Pages 165-218 were formerly stitched; pages 217-218 are a single leaf. 36 printed staves and a blank line to each page. Green morocco half binding with gold tooling.


47.7 × 30 cm.

Edward Elgar: The Kingdom. An Oratorio. Op. 51
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
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Weston Library
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