Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thank You, Sir - Edward Elgar, That Is

I have played this piece before on the Tales and it is so beautiful, I'd like to repeat it on this hopefully peaceful Thursday.  The piece is by Sir Edward Elgar.  The piece is Elgar's beloved "Enigma" Variations on an Original Theme.

Edward Elgar became Sir Edward Elgar when he was knighted at Buckingham Palace on July 5, 1904.

Sir [1857 - 1934]

From Wikipedia-Enigma Variations: "Edward Elgar composed his Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, popularly known as the Enigma Variations, between October 1898 and February 1899. It is an orchestral work comprising fourteen variations on an original theme. Elgar dedicated the work "to my friends pictured within", each variation being a musical sketch of one of his circle of close acquaintances."

I will play my 3 favorite movements from the Enigma Variations, and then the entire piece-so, you can choose if you want to just play the entire piece or my 3 favorite movements.  :-) 

In the first three videos will be the original theme in movement 1; the ultra beautiful "Nimrod" variation, which is in the 9th movement-and the video I have chosen has our [Houston's] very own director, Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada leading our Houston Symphony Orchestra when they were on their European tour a couple of years ago; and then the third video will be the finale, 14th movement.  

Then enjoy the entire iconic piece by Elgar. 

Thank you, Sir!  Edward Elgar that is for such wonderful music.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy.

Sir Edward Elgar: "Enigma" Variations: Movement 1: Enigma Theme:

Sir Edward Elgar: "Enigma" Variations: Movement 9, Nimrod variation:

Sir Edward Elgar: "Enigma" Variations: Movement 14, Finale, allegro-presto:

Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations [complete]


Bedfordguy said...

Beautiful themes, big Mike

Big Mike said...

Thanks big Harry