Edward Elgar, Britain's Musical Icon, Turns 150 We know him as the man who wrote the music used at graduations, but in Britain, Edward Elgar means a lot more. It's the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer who gave the British "Pomp and Circumstance" and one little "Enigma."

Edward Elgar, Britain's Musical Icon, Turns 150

Edward Elgar, Britain's Musical Icon, Turns 150

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Edward Elgar conducts one of his own pieces, circa 1920. He's considered the quintessential British composer. hide caption

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We know him as the man who wrote the music used at graduations, but in Britain, Edward Elgar means a lot more. It's the 150th anniversary of the composer who gave the British "Pomp and Circumstance" and one little "Enigma."

Elgar was the son of a piano tuner, and was largely self-taught. His music — stirring, patriotic and emotional — captured the spirit of England. But it has endured as music we continue to turn to for momentous occasions.