Like the famous Enigma Variations, Sea Pictures is music from the close of the 19th century, the end of an era. But this music doesn't sound like anyone else who was composing at the time. You'd never confuse Elgar with Debussy, says Richard, or with Grieg or Ravel or Mahler. And to explore Elgar's distinctive style, Richard Gill has chosenSea Pictures, five songs with five poets, united by their shared theme of the ever-changing restlessness of the sea. Compared to symphonies, says Richard,songs speak really powerfully: they're short and self-contained and their texts make them easy to understand. Through theSea Pictures, you too can discover the unique voice of Elgar.