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Nimrod - (Enigma Variation No.9)

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‘Nimrod’ (Variation 9), from Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations, is popular in its own right and often performed at solemn occasions, memorial services and funerals. It is always played (in Db major) at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday (the Sunday nearest to 11th November) by the massed bands of the Household Division. Scored for full concert band by Geoff Kingston, in the original key of Eb major, this atmospheric and much loved piece is a must for all bands and although used during more formal occasions it is ideal as a reflective moment in any concert.

‘Variations on an Original Theme for orchestra, Op. 36’ ("Enigma"), commonly referred to as the ‘Enigma Variations’, is a set of a theme and its fourteen variations written for orchestra by Edward Elgar in 1898–1899. It is Elgar's best-known large-scale composition, for both the music itself and the enigmas 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.

‘Variation 9 (Nimrod) Adagio, is dedicated to Augustus J. Jaeger, Elgar's best friend. An attempt to capture what Elgar saw as Jaeger's noble character, it is also said that this variation depicts a night-time walk the two of them had, during which they discussed the slow movements of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven.

ComposerEdward Elgar
ArrangerGeoff Kingston
CategoryConcert Band
Duration2 mins 45 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 3 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
Flutes 1-2
Oboes 1-2
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bassoons 1-2
Horns in F 1-2
Horns in F 3-4
Bb Cornets 1-2
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Side Drum / Cymbals / Bass Drum
Double Bass
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Catalogue No.
Product Code: SM0282

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