Enigma variations, Op. 36

Edward Elgar composed his Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra ("Enigma"), Op. 36, commonly referred to as the Enigma Variations, in 1898–99. It is a set of fourteen variations on a hidden "theme" that is, in Elgar's words, "not played". It is Elgar's best-known large-scale composition, for both the music itself and the enigma behind it. Elgar dedicated the piece to "my friends pictured within", each variation being an affectionate portrayal of one of his circle of close acquaintances. The people portrayed in the variations include Elgar's ... more

This piece contains the following parts:

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Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Theme (Andante)
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation I (L'istesso tempo) C.A.E.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation III (Allegretto) R.B.T.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation IV (Allegro di molto) W.M.B.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation V (Moderato) R.P.A.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation VII (Presto) Troyte
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation VIII (Allegretto) W.N.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation IX (Adagio) Nimrod
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation XI (Allegro di molto) G.R.S.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation XIV (Finale. Allegro Presto) E.D.U.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Theme (Andante)
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation I (L'istesso tempo) C.A.E.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation II: "H.D.S-P." (Allegro)
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation III (Allegretto) R.B.T.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation IV (Allegro di molto) W.M.B.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation V (Moderato) R.P.A.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation VI: "Ysobel" (Andantino)
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation VII (Presto) Troyte
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation IX (Adagio) Nimrod
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation IX (Adagio) Nimrod
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation X: "Dorabella" (Intermezzo: Allegretto)
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation XI (Allegro di molto) G.R.S.
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - XII-BGN-andante
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation XIII: "* * *" (Romanza: Moderato)
Enigma variations, Op. 36 - Variation XIV (Finale. Allegro Presto) E.D.U.

Edward Elgar

Sir Edward William Elgar was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among ...
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