The name alice was important in elgars life not only was his great friend alice stuart wortley his muse but his wife was also alice what might have been reflects a constant nostalgia throughout elgars music and is the predominating mood of both the dream children pieces particularly the wistful no 1. Dream children alt ernative title enfants dun rve composer elgar edward opus catalogue number op cat no op43 i catalogue number i cat no iee 20 movements sections movts secs 2 movements andante allegretto piacevole year date of composition y d of comp 1902 first perf ormance 1902 09 04 london queens hall arthur w payne . Jerrold northrop moore pursues his quest for the essential elgar and sets out the story of an extraordinarily creative life it shows themes of childhood fantasy and vision fusing into a mature style of nobility and nostalgia above all it links the composer to the english landscape that formed the . So does the part played by the introduction and allegro and dream children in shaping what was perhaps elgars greatest achievement the two long delayed symphonies which eclipsed both parrys and stanfords and lent a new impetus to symphonic thinking in britain like brahmss elgars symphonic influence can still be felt. Note citations are based on reference standards however formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher classroom teacher institution or organization should be applied
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