Salut d’Amour (Liebesgruss) op 12 by Edward Elgar

Performed by Zlata Brouwer (violin) and Carmen Stefanescu (piano)

Elgar finished the piece in July 1888, when he was romantically involved with Caroline Alice Roberts, and he called it “Liebesgruss” (‘Love’s Greeting’) because of Miss Roberts’ fluency in German. On their engagement she had already presented him with a poem “The Wind at Dawn” which he set to music and, when he returned home to London on 22 September from a holiday at the house of his friend Dr. Charles Buck in Settle, he gave her Salut d’Amour as an engagement present.

The dedication was in French: “à Carice”. “Carice” was a combination of his wife’s names Caroline Alice, and was the name to be given to their daughter born two years later.

I recorded and dedicated this piece in June for the birthday of a special person.

Thanks to the ‘Flute orchestral backings & piano accompaniments’ for making the piano accompaniment available. Click here for just the accompaniment, so you can play along yourself. Click here to download the sheet music.