Composition: learning from Delius and Elgar

Lesson rationale

Delius and Elgar composed in difference styles, and with different working methods. However, despite these difference, sketches for their music show that both faced similar compositional challenges. These include setting a text to music, harmonising a melody, and changing musical styles over the course of a larger movement or work.

This Teaching Pack suggests reading and digitised materials that A Level students can access, and provides a range of activities enabling them to use Delius' and Elgar's music to develop their own compositional techniques.