From Wind Repertory Project
Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar (arr. Alfred Reed)

Subtitle: From Enigma Variations

General Info

Year: 1899 / 1965
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (1 player), including:

  • Crash Cymbals


In Parts

  • B-flat Clarinet II, m.9, beat 2: A should read F
  • B-flat B-flat Cornet I-II, m.19: Delete “20” rehearsal figure (add it 1 measure later)
  • B-flat B-flat Cornet I-II, m.39, beat 1&, lower line: Add courtesy eighth rest for this voice
  • Horn in F IV, m.40: Rehearsal figure “28” should read “40”
  • Trombone I: Add E-flat major key signature to the beginning of each system
  • Basses, m.40, beat 2: E ledger line is broken

Program Notes

The Enigma Variations were written for orchestra in 1899 and bore the dedication “To My Friends Pictured Within.” The theme and fourteen variations catapulted Elgar to international acclaim. The story is told of how Elgar, returning home after a long day of giving violin lessons, sat down to unwind at the piano and tinkered by improvising. His wife commented on one of the melodies that emerged, and out of that exchange was born the concept of fashioning the original melody ... as it might be played by some of their friends in their own style. In all, fourteen people and a dog are featured in the Variations.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato

Elgar was the dominant English composer of his time, and was knighted in 1904, awarded the Order of Merit in 1911, and made Master of the King’s Musick in 1924.

Elgar wrote the Enigma Variations in 1899 and dedicated them “to my friends pictured within.” The theme and 14 variations belong to the period in which Elgar developed the style that placed him in the front rank of English composers. The beautifully lyrical Nimrod (Variation IX) is dedicated to the publisher A.J. Jaeger. (Nimrod is the great hunter of the bible; Jaeger is the German word for hunter.)

- Program note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Arkansas: II
  • Florida: IV
  • Iowa: III
  • Kansas: II
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: II
  • West Virginia: II


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