Frances Wilson

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Dream Children, No. 1 Andantino - Edward Elgar

The work is inspired by ‘Dream-Children ; A Reverie’ by Charles Lamb and was scored for small orchestra. This is Elgar's own transcription for piano. He inscribed the following paragraph from Lamb's essay in the frontispiece to the score:
"And while I stood gazing, both the children gradually grew fainter to my view, receding, and still receding till nothing at last but two mournful features were seen in the uttermost distance, which, without speech, strangely impressed upon me the effects of speech: "We are not of Alice,nor of thee, nor are we children at all........We are nothing; less than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been."

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