Nimrod, Enigma Variations for Oboe and Piano

"Nimrod" from 'Enigma Variations' by Edward Elgar, for Oboe and Piano.

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Edward Elgar in 2007, I began to celebrate one of my favorite composers with transcriptions of the ninth (and probably the most famous and best-loved) variation, "Nimrod," from his orchestral work, ENIGMA VARIATIONS - "My Friends Pictured Within".

Elgar had written a special program note, and I quote a part. "...the Variation bearing this name (Nimrod) is a record of a long summer evening talk, when my friend - A.J. Jaeger - grew nobly eloquent on the grandeur of Beethoven and especially of his slow movements. A reference to the Adagio of the Pathétique Sonata is therefore seen in the opening bars of the Nimrod Variation."

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