Sunday, July 24, 2011

Musical Interlude: Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations"

It's time for another Musical Interlude! Here are two pieces by British composer Edward Elgar, taken from his Enigma variations.

Variations on an Original Theme ("Enigma") op.36; Variation XIV (Finale: Allegro Presto) "E.D.U."

Variations on an Original Theme ("Enigma") op.36; Variation IX (Adagio) "Nimrod"

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Robert Padgett said...

The secret melody to Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations is 'Ein feste Burg' (A Mighty Fortress) by Martin Luther. This famous theme is quoted in the works of Elgar's favorite composers: J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, and Wagner. Elgar’s secret friend in Variation XIII (***) is not a lady, but a lord – the Lord – and his initials are represented by the Roman Numerals (X = J, III = C). There are various musical ciphers embedded in the Variations confirming the identities of both the hidden Principal Theme and the hidden Friend. To learn more about these intriguing discoveries, visit