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‘Salut d’Amour’ was written by Elgar as an engagement present for his wife-to-be, Caroline Alice Roberts, in 1888. It was published the following year in a variety of versions, for piano solo, violin and piano, cello and piano, and for small orchestra; the first public performance was the orchestral version, performed at Crystal Palace in 1889. The written dedication reads ‘to Carice’, a name created from his fiancée’s two names Caroline and Alice, which was subsequently given to their daughter, born two years later. This beautiful soaring melody was published with the lyrics by Alice Bunten, ‘Woo thou, sweet music’, in 1900.