While house-hunting in 1899, Elgar composed and sent to his publisher Novello the Chanson de matin as an obvious companion to his earlier Chanson de nuit (1897). Perhaps the composer wrote the work with an eye toward defraying the cost of his new abode, for salon music was where the big money was at the time. Indeed, this pair of pieces were among Elgar's best known works in the early part of the twentieth century, before electronic media brought his more ambitious works to the attention of a larger audience. In any case, the agreeable Chanson de matin did quite well for its creator, whose star was at the time on the rise.
Against the piano's syncopated accompaniment, the violin intones a pleasant, winsome melody, as balmily sunny as a fair morning, and seeming as if it had been composed in a brighter time. A curiously anxious downward spiral which occurs midpoint seems very out of place until at the end of the recapitulation an ascension in the corresponding place makes the design of the miniature clear, taking this "morning stroll" happily to its destination.