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  • ID: I405
  • Name: "Alfred" Edward Rodewald
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 FEB 1862 in Liverpool, England
  • Death: 09 NOV 1903 in 66 Huskinson St., Liverpool, England
  • Occupation: Kaufmann 1
  • Note: Extract from Elgar is mourning not only Edward VII here but also a friend who had died some years earlier. Alfred E. Rodewald was perhaps the nearest to Elgar's heart of all his friends. Rodewald was a textile magnate born in Liverpool. He lived for music. He made the Liverpool Orchestral Society good enough to play the works of Elgar, Richard Strauss, Wagner and Tchaikovsky. He and Elgar probably first met in 1899. Elgar often stayed at his home, and Rodewald and his players were rewarded with the premiere of the first two Pomp and Circumstance Marches; the first ('Land of Hope and Glory') is dedicated to Rodewald. It was Rodewald who organised the collection of money to buy Elgar his Cambridge robes and who offered to commission a Symphony from him. He died suddenly in November 1903 - a few months later Elgar made sketches for this Larghetto.

    Father: Carl "Ferdinand" Rodewald b: 09 MAR 1820 in Bremen, Germany
    Mother: "Amelia" Mary Elisabeth Byrne b: 31 MAY 1833 in New Orleans, Louisiana

    1. Der Rodewalde Geschlecht, Table XII,4
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