Enigma variations, Op. 36

EEdward 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 wife Alice, Augustus J. Jaeger and Elgar himself ... more

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

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

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