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‘Nimrod’
Music: Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar suffered from depression, and ‘Nimrod’ is his token of thanks to the true friend who supported him through it.

AFTER a long day teaching the violin, Elgar and his wife Alice joked about how their friends might develop a simple tune, given their distinctive personalities - from a memorable laugh to likeable pomposity and poor piano-playing, and even the organist of Hereford Cathedral’s bulldog, splashing about in the River Wye.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Initial. Original.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Occasion. Tune. Fit.

Use together in one sentence: Poor. Occasion. Likeable.

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Francesco Geminiani
Music: Francesco Geminiani
The most brilliant violinist of his generation, whose finely-crafted compositions showed off bravura and spoke tenderness.

‘THE intention of musick’, wrote Francesco Geminiani in 1751, ‘is not only to please the ear, but to express sentiments, strike the imagination, affect the mind, and command the passions’. He had spent the last thirty-seven years doing just that, delighting audiences from London to Dublin and the near Continent.

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Distinguish using sentences: Explain. Express.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Craft. Play. Mind.

Use together in one sentence: Credit. Keyboard. Just.

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Benno Moiseiwitsch
Music: Johannes Brahms
One of the twentieth century’s greatest pianists, who put himself and his art at the service of his adopted country.

AT fifteen, budding pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch inquired at the Royal Academy of Music in London about continuing studies that had begun in his hometown, Odessa, and had brought him the Anton Rubinstein Prize when he was nine. His prospective tutors told him frankly that they did not know what they could teach him.

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Distinguish using sentences: Acknowledge. Recognise. Know.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Touch. Reserve. Study.

Use together in one sentence: What. Return. During.

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Muzio Clementi
Music: Muzio Clementi
From performance and composition to instrument-making, Clementi left his mark on British and European classical music.

PETER Beckford, on a visit to Rome in 1766, was so impressed with fourteen-year-old Muzio Clementi that he engaged him to play concerts at home in Dorset.

He also paid for his musical education, eight hours a day studying the music of Handel, Scarlatti and Bach. By 1780, Beckford’s protege was performing for Marie Antoinette in Paris.

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Distinguish using sentences: Appraise. Apprise. Praise.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Play. Win. Stage.

Use together in one sentence: Set up. Popular. At home.

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The Siren ‘Greatness’
Music: Alice Mary Smith
In encouraging women into music, Alice Mary Smith thought promises of ‘greatness’ counterproductive.

‘YOU have the privilege’ the chairman of the Royal Musical Association told Frederick Meadows White at a meeting in May 1883, ‘of being married to a very clever woman.’

Frederick, an eminent QC, knew that quite well. Alice, a pupil of William Sterndale Bennett and George Macfarren, had composed her first symphony at twenty-four.

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Distinguish using sentences: Compose. Comprise.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Blame. Know. Well.

Use together in one sentence: Female. Clever. Merely.

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‘Risoluto’
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Despite setback after setback, Stanford was determined to hear his music played in public.

THE Leeds Festival of 1910 caused a stir with the appearance of Sergei Rachmaninoff as soloist in his own Second Piano Concerto, adding the Russian to a long list of overseas composers brought to England by the conductor, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford.

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Distinguish using sentences: Tour. Visit.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Part. List. Cost.

Use together in one sentence: Early. Long. Following.

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