Friday, March 16, 2007
The excruciating boredom of pure fact
Sir Edward Elgar would have been wryly amused by the current fuss over the removal of his image from the £20 note in his anniversary year. The original letter above is from my personal collection. It is from Mrs Richard Powell, friend of Elgar and Variation No X, "Dorabella" in the composer's Enigma Variations. It was written to the composer and writer Harold Rutland in 1950 about the mystery of the dedication in Spanish on the Violin Concerto - “Aquí está encerrada el alma de . . . . .” (Here is enshrined the soul of . . . . .) The middle paragraph reads:
What a curious fact it is that people seem to prefer a mystery to a fact. Having kept my promise to Lady Elgar for 40 years not to reveal the 'Secret of the 5 dots,' I find that no one cares to know the truth, and I have even heard something about 'pricked bubbles'. A writer to The Times once alluded to "the excruciating boredom of pure fact"!
Now read Elgar versus Adams in BBC anniversary lottery
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