Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma', Op.36 (Elgar, Edward)

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Recordings

 Theme (Andante)
#270823 - 1.96MB - 1:24 -  5.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (20) - - !N/!N/!N - 5428x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation I: "C.A.E." (L'istesso tempo)
#270824 - 2.56MB - 1:49 -  5.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (15) - - !N/!N/!N - 2718x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation II: "H.D.S-P." (Allegro)
#270825 - 1.28MB - 0:53 -  9.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4) - - !N/!N/!N - 2098x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation III: "R.B.T." (Allegretto)
#270826 - 2.12MB - 1:31 -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6) - - !N/!N/!N - 1759x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation IV: "W.M.B." (Allegro di molto)
#270827 - 0.84MB - 0:30 -  8.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - - !N/!N/!N - 1808x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation V: "R.P.A." (Moderato)
#270828 - 2.80MB - 1:58 -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - - !N/!N/!N - 1676x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation VI: "Ysobel" (Andantino)
#270829 - 1.80MB - 1:19 -  8.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - - !N/!N/!N - 1634x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation VII: "Troyte" (Presto)
#270830 - 1.55MB - 1:01 -  8.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (8) - - !N/!N/!N - 1917x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation VIII: "W.N." (Allegretto)
#270831 - 2.69MB - 1:54 -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4) - - !N/!N/!N - 1679x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation IX: "Nimrod" (Adagio)
#270832 - 5.31MB - 3:52 -  6.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (37) - - !N/!N/!N - 11353x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation X: "Dorabella" (Intermezzo: Allegretto)
#270833 - 3.23MB - 2:30 -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4) - - !N/!N/!N - 1923x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation XI: "G.R.S." (Allegro di molto)
#270834 - 1.61MB - 1:04 -  7.1/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9) - - !N/!N/!N - 1628x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation XII: "B.G.N." (Andante)
#270835 - 3.26MB - 2:23 -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - - !N/!N/!N - 1630x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation XIII: "* * *" (Romanza: Moderato)
#270836 - 3.47MB - 2:36 -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2) - - !N/!N/!N - 1617x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation XIV: "E.D.U." (Finale: Allegro presto)
#270837 - 8.48MB - 6:07 -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (8) - - !N/!N/!N - 2257x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

Performer Pages:

DuPage Symphony Orchestra (orchestra)
Barbara Schubert (conductor)

Publisher Info.:

DuPage, IL: DuPage Symphony Orchestra

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Performed 18 November 2012. From Internet Archive

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Synthesized/MIDI

Var.IX. Adagio "Nimrod"

For Organ Solo (Gouin)

 Synthesized performance
#345481 - 0.01MB - 3:13 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 116x

MID file (audio/video)
Keanur (2014/9/24)

Performers:

MIDI file by Pierre Gouin

Publisher Info.:

Montréal: Les Éditions Outremontaises, 2014

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 [tag/del]

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For Theremin and Synthesizer (Kram)

 Complete recording
#345281 - 4.02MB - 4:23 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!N/!N - 79x

MP3 file (audio)
Rkram53 (2014/9/23)

Performers:

Richard Kram

Publisher Info.:

Richard Kram

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Playing Moog Etherwave Plus Theremin (over 8DIO Adagietto string samples). Corrected a number of pitches with Waves Tune so I'm putting it under synthesized performance.

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Sheet Music

Full Scores

 Complete Score
#23792 - 7.88MB, 128 pp. -  5.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (49- V/V/V - 36993x

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Daphnis (2008/11/1)

 Complete Score
#23850 - 7.37MB, 146 pp. -  4.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (33- V/V/V - 17177x

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Irishmaestro (2008/11/4)

ElgarEnigmaFS.jpg
Publisher Info.:

London: Novello & Co., 1899.

Reprinted:

Mineola: Dover Publications, 1992.

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

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Parts

 Flute 1/2 and Piccolo
#45058 - 1.44MB, 16 pp. -  4.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9- V/V/V - 7828x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Oboe 1/2
#45059 - 1.27MB, 16 pp. -  5.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/V/V - 5313x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Clarinet 1/2 (B)
#45060 - 1.80MB, 19 pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6- V/V/V - 6401x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Bassoon 1/2, Contrabassoon
#45061 - 2.02MB, 25 (19, 6) pp. -  3.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/V/V - 5830x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Horn 1/2, 3/4 (F)
#45062 - 2.13MB, 26 (14, 12) pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 6999x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Trumpet 1/2, 3 (F)
#45063 - 1.10MB, 14 (9, 5) pp. -  3.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/V/V - 6983x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Trombone 1/2, 3, Tuba
#45064 - 1.59MB, 21 (9, 6, 6) pp. -  2.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/V/V - 8203x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Small Drum/Triangle, Bass Drum/Cymbals, Timpani,
#20140 - 2.04MB, 3, 3, 8 pp. -  5.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (10- V/V/V - 7824x

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Romanov76110 (2008/8/1)

 Organ (ad libitum)
#45065 - 0.24MB, 3 pp. -  9.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 3464x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Violins I
#45066 - 1.37MB, 14 pp. -  4.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (11- V/V/V - 13585x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Violins II
#45067 - 1.49MB, 16 pp. -  4.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/V/V - 8021x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Violas
#45068 - 1.29MB, 14 pp. -  6.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6- V/V/V - 7279x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Cellos
#27946 - 1.32MB, 14 pp. -  7.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (8- V/V/V - 8491x

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Generoso (2009/2/6)

 Basses
#45069 - 0.88MB, 11 pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/V/V - 5041x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

PMLP07276-Elgar-Enigma.Flute.pdf
Publisher Info.:

London: Novello & Co., 1899

Reprinted:

New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(after 1956)

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

These files are part of the Orchestra Parts Project.

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Complete

For Piano 4 hands (West)

 Complete score
#23851 - 3.75MB, 84 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 2951x

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Irishmaestro (2008/11/4)

PMLP07276-Elgar - Enigma Variations (Piano Duet).pdf
Arranger:

John Ebenezer West (1863-1929)

Publisher Info.:

London: Novello & Co., 1905. Plate 12020

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

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For Piano solo (Elgar)

 Complete score
#09643 - 1.69MB, 43 pp. -  6.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (11- V/V/V - 11703x

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Guifre (2007/7/11)

 Part 1
#02872 - 0.83MB, 22 pp. -  6.1/10 2 4 6 8 10 (13- V/V/V - 4132x

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goldberg988 (2006/12/30)

 Part 2
#02873 - 0.86MB, 21 pp. -  5.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/V/V - 2249x

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goldberg988 (2006/12/30)

Elgar op38 enigma variations piano.pdf
Publisher Info.:

London: Novello & Co., 1899. Plate 10815

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

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Var.IX. Adagio "Nimrod"

For Organ (Gouin)

 Complete score
#129918 - 0.10MB, 2 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 8594x

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Pierre Gouin (2011/9/26)

WIMA.be5e-Elgar Nimrod.pdf
Arranger:

Pierre Gouin - Contact

Publisher Info.:

Montréal: Les Éditions Outremontaises, 2010

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

These file(s) are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection.
Arranged from the original orchestra score.

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For Piano solo (Grainger)

 Complete Score (CA)
#191198 - 1.05MB, 2 pp. -  4.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (11- C/48/32

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Notenquetser (2012/3/20)

Arranger:

Percy Grainger (1882-1961)

Publisher Info.:

London: Bardic Edition, n.d.?

Copyright:

Public Domain - Non-PD US, Non-PD EU [tag/del]

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For Synthesizer and Theremin (Kram)

 Complete Score
#345280 - 0.07MB, 2 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/!N/!N - 134x

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Rkram53 (2014/9/23)

PMLP07276-Nimrod.pdf
Arranger:

Richard Kram

Publisher Info.:

Richard Kram

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

For Theremin, but I guess violin would work too. Not an exact arrangement. Added an introduction so thereminist can get their bearings (assume using pitch preview of some sort).

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General Information

Work Title Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36
Alternative Title Enigma Variations
Composer Elgar, Edward
Opus/Catalogue Number Op.36
Movements/Sections 15 sections
Theme (Andante)
Variation I. L'istesso tempo "C.A.E."
Variation II. Allegro "H.D.S-P."
Variation III. Allegretto "R.B.T."
Variation IV. Allegro di molto "W.M.B."
Variation V. Moderato "R.P.A."
Variation VI. Andantino "Ysobel"
Variation VII. Presto "Troyte"
Variation VIII. Allegretto "W.N."
Variation IX. Adagio "Nimrod"
Variation X. Intermezzo: Allegretto "Dorabella"
Variation XI. Allegro di molto "G.R.S."
Variation XII. Andante "B.G.N."
Variation XIII. Romanza: Moderato "* * *"
Variation XIV. Finale: Allegro Presto "E.D.U."
Year/Date of Composition 1899
First Performance 1899-06-18 in London, St. James Hall.
Orchestra, Hans Richter (conductor)
First Publication 1899
Dedication "To my friends pictured within"
Average Duration 32 minutes
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Orchestra
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (F), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, triangle, small drum, cymbals, bass drum, organ ad lib., strings
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