Sir Edward Elgar was born in Worcester in 1857. Until the outstanding success of the ´Enigma´ Variations in 1899, he was considered a ´provincial´ composer - and a largely self taught one at that.
In the earlier part of Elgar´s career as a composer, he wrote several short pieces which became very popular indeed. Chanson de Matin is one such, the second of a pair (the other being Chanson de Nuit), which carried his name far and wide before his larger orchestra works appeared. It was published in several versions at once: for string orchestra, for small orchestra, for violin and piano and so on - so it is almost impossible to say, with any degree of certainty, which was the original version.
This arrangement makes a useful addition to the repertoire for oboe.