Looking through the music and counting up how many of the ‘Variations’ I knew and how many I had only heard of, I remember how puzzled I had been by seeing ‘E. D. U.’ over the Finale.
‘Who on earth is E. D. U.?’ I asked.
‘Well, I should have thought you’d know that.’
But I was quite stupid and said, ‘I don’t know any friend of yours whose name begins with “U”.’
‘It doesn’t begin with “U”.’
As he put the slightest possible emphasis on ‘begin’ my wits at last woke up.
‘Oh! of course,’ I said rather shyly, knowing that ‘Edu’ was what the Lady called him-and no one else, so far as I knew. ‘It’s you.’
‘That’s a secret. Will you remember?’
Dora Powell (née Penny) from her book
Edward Elgar: Memories of a Variation