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

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 Theme (Andante)
#270823 - 1.96MB - 1:24 -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (14) - - !N/!N/!N - 4036x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation I: "C.A.E." (L'istesso tempo)
#270824 - 2.56MB - 1:49 -  6.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (10) - - !N/!N/!N - 2028x

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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 - 1542x

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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 (5) - - !N/!N/!N - 1308x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation IV: "W.M.B." (Allegro di molto)
#270827 - 0.84MB - 0:30 -  8.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6) - - !N/!N/!N - 1373x

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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 - 1242x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation VI: "Ysobel" (Andantino)
#270829 - 1.80MB - 1:19 -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6) - - !N/!N/!N - 1236x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation VII: "Troyte" (Presto)
#270830 - 1.55MB - 1:01 -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6) - - !N/!N/!N - 1471x

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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 - 1238x

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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 (27) - - !N/!N/!N - 8536x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

 Variation X: "Dorabella" (Intermezzo: Allegretto)
#270833 - 3.23MB - 2:30 -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - - !N/!N/!N - 1400x

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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 (7) - - !N/!N/!N - 1232x

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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 - 1195x

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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 - 1166x

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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 - 1670x

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Carolus (2013/2/23)

Performer Pages:

DuPage Symphony Orchestra (orchestra)
Barbara Schubert (conductor)

Publisher Info.:

DuPage, IL: DuPage Symphony Orchestra

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 [tag/del]

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Performed 18 November 2012. From Internet Archive

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Sheet Music

Full Scores

 Complete Score
#23792 - 7.88MB, 128 pp. -  5.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (41) - V/V/V - 31873x

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Daphnis (2008/11/1)

 Complete Score
#23850 - 7.37MB, 146 pp. -  4.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (31) - V/V/V - 15454x

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Irishmaestro (2008/11/4)

ElgarEnigmaFS.jpg
Publisher Info.:

London: Novello & Co., 1899.

Reprinted:

Mineola: Dover Publications, 1992.

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Public Domain [tag/del]

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Parts

 Flute 1/2 and Piccolo
#45058 - 1.44MB, 16 pp. -  5.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - V/V/V - 6640x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Oboe 1/2
#45059 - 1.27MB, 16 pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/V/V - 4466x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Clarinet 1/2 (in B)
#45060 - 1.80MB, 19 pp. -  3.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5) - V/V/V - 5383x

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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 - 4830x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Horn 1/2, 3/4 (in F)
#45062 - 2.13MB, 26 (14, 12) pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - V/V/V - 5907x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Trumpet 1/2, 3 (in F)
#45063 - 1.10MB, 14 (9, 5) pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/V/V - 5939x

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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 - 6940x

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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 - 6588x

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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 - 2939x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Violins I
#45066 - 1.37MB, 14 pp. -  5.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - V/V/V - 11632x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Violins II
#45067 - 1.49MB, 16 pp. -  4.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/V/V - 6886x

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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 - 6165x

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Perlnerd666 (2009/11/2)

 Cellos
#27946 - 1.32MB, 14 pp. -  7.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - V/V/V - 7259x

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Generoso (2009/2/6)

 Basses
#45069 - 0.88MB, 11 pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - V/V/V - 4311x

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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]

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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 - 2549x

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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

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Public Domain [tag/del]

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For Piano solo (Elgar)

 Complete score
#09643 - 1.69MB, 43 pp. -  5.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9) - V/V/V - 10252x

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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 - 3693x

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 Part 2
#02873 - 0.86MB, 21 pp. -  5.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/V/V - 1988x

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goldberg988 (2006/12/30)

Elgar op38 enigma variations piano.pdf
Publisher Info.:

London: Novello & Co., 1899. Plate 10815

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Public Domain [tag/del]

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Var.IX. Adagio "Nimrod"

For Organ solo (Gouin)

 Complete score
#129918 - 0.10MB, 2 pp. -  6.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6) - !N/!N/!N - 7274x

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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

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

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These file(s) are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection.
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For Piano solo (Grainger)

 Complete Score (CA)
#191198 - 1.05MB, 2 pp. -  5.1/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9) - C/48/32

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Notenquetser (2012/3/20)

Arranger:

Percy Grainger (1882-1961)

Publisher Info.:

London: Bardic Edition, n.d.?

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

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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, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, triangle, small drum, cymbals, bass drum, strings, organ ad lib.
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