Edward Elgar

1857 - 1934

Photo of Edward Elgar

Icon of person Edward Elgar

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, ( ; 2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Elgar has received more than 2,541,401 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Edward Elgar is the 45th most popular composer (up from 59th in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 119th in 2019) and the most popular British Composer.

Edward Elgar is most famous for his compositions of the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, Land of Hope and Glory, and the Enigma Variations.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 74.47

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 64

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 13.28

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.57

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among composers, Edward Elgar ranks 45 out of 1,451Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lully, Sergei Prokofiev, Béla Bartók, Modest Mussorgsky, Carl Maria von Weber, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. After him are Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Aram Khachaturian, Tomaso Albinoni, and Domenico Scarlatti.

Most Popular Composers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1857, Edward Elgar ranks 5Before him are Ferdinand de Saussure, Pope Pius XI, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, and Heinrich Hertz. After him are Clara Zetkin, Joseph Conrad, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Alfonso XII of Spain, Henrik Pontoppidan, and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Among people deceased in 1934, Edward Elgar ranks 5Before him are Marie Curie, Paul von Hindenburg, Lev Vygotsky, and Fritz Haber. After him are Ernst Röhm, Albert I of Belgium, Raymond Poincaré, Kurt von Schleicher, Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Sergey Kirov, and Nestor Makhno.

Others Born in 1857

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1934

Go to all Rankings

In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Edward Elgar ranks 101 out of 8,785Before him are Walter Scott (1771), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Paul Dirac (1902), William Harvey (1578), T. E. Lawrence (1888), and David Livingstone (1813). After him are Jane Seymour (1508), Christopher Lee (1922), Liam Neeson (1952), Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom (1857), George V (1865), and Jeremy Bentham (1748).

Among COMPOSERS In United Kingdom

Among composers born in United Kingdom, Edward Elgar ranks 1After him are Henry Purcell (1659), Benjamin Britten (1913), John Barry (1933), Gustav Holst (1874), William Byrd (1543), Keith Emerson (1944), Eugen d'Albert (1864), Thomas Tallis (1502), Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), John Dunstaple (1390), and Michael Nyman (1944).