The Enigma of Edward Elgar
Chateau du Trichot, Thezac 47370, Wednesday 27th July 2022, 6pm
Written and performed by Actor, Singer and Pianist Michael Lunts
Michael is a familiar performer to audiences at Trichot, with his plays on the lives of Chopin, Schubert and Rachmaninov, as well as his many one-man comedy song programmes.
This performance will be the premiere of Michael’s one-man musical drama about the life of Edward Elgar, focusing on the complex relationship he had with his beloved wife Alice.
The friends who inspired the famous ‘Enigma Variations’ are also brought to life as, following the death of Alice, Elgar’s senior by a number of years, the composer muses on the origins of that first acknowledged masterpiece, a work that put him on the musical map, and which may never have seen the light of day but for Alice’s encouragement and inspiration.
But what of the other women hidden within the work’s ‘musical portraits’? And who, ultimately, was Edward Elgar? Was he the real ‘enigma’? In this performance the Enigma Variations are played live in a special piano transcription made by Elgar himself, as well as the ever-popular ‘Salut d’Amour’, dedicated to the composer’s wife.
This performance is taking place the day before Bill and Joanna celebrate their Golden Wedding. We are delighted to be able, post-Covid, to welcome Michael Lunts once again to perform for us all.
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