Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations

(Arranger: George Morton)

  • for ensemble or chamber orchestra
  • 1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, pno, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1, max. 6 5 4 3 2)
  • Duration: 32’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    oboe
    clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    trumpet
    trombone
    percussion
    piano
    1st violin
    2nd violin
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Arranger: George Morton

Work introduction

The Enigma Variations, Elgar’s intimate portraits of his closest friends, were completed in 1899 and are one of the composer’s most lauded works. This new edition of the Variations is arranged for ensemble or chamber orchestra; with single winds and brass, piano and a small battery of percussion, it works equally as well with either single string or chamber string strength (max 6 5 4 3 2). The orchestration aims to keep the sparkle and warmth of Elgar’s original writing; the music has been adapted to fit a much smaller ensemble whilst still retaining the grandeur of a full symphony orchestra. From the delicate and simple beginnings, to the epic and grand Nimrod and full-throttle finale, this is the perfect edition for smaller ensembles wishing to explore one of the giants of the symphonic repertoire.

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
The Church of St. Stephen, Exeter (GB)
Date:
22.06.2016
Orchestra:
The Amadeus Ensemble
Conductor:
George Morton

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