Nimrod (arr Glover)

From Wind Repertory Project
Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar (arr. Andrew Glover)

Subtitle: From Enigma Variations
This work bears the designation Opus 36.

General Info

Year: 1899 / 2018
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Marimba (optional)
  • Vibraphone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Enigma Variations were written for orchestra in 1899 and bore the dedication “To My Friends Pictured Within.” The theme and 14 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, 14 people and a dog are featured in the Variations.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato

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

One of the finest and most beloved works by this famous British composer, this moving work from classical literature has been expertly arranged so younger musicians may experience this monumental work. This masterpiece will teach lyrical playing, blend, balance, intonation, and musicianship; an exceptional choice for young bands.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D


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