Year of arrangement: 2016
Composer: Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
Instrumentation: 1[/pic] 1 1 1 – 2 1 1 0 – 1perc, pno, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1)
Full recording available on request
[Enigma Variations begin at 14:22]
Alain Ayerdi/Sapere Aude Sinfonietta
(nb. performance using original timpani part as well as new percussion reduction)
This chamber edition of Elgar's Enigma Variations was first performed in Exeter in 2016 and has since had many performances across Europe.
Written for individual woodwinds, a small brass section, one percussionist, pianist and a small string section, this reduction gives ensembles the chance to share Elgar's masterpiece with audiences in a completely new way.
• Strings: this arrangement can be performed with a quintet up to a full chamber orchestra section
• Percussion: sd, bd, tri, susp cym, cym.
• It is possible to supplement this arrangement with the original timpani part, but is primarily designed to work without
• An orchestration of Elgar's original ending (from a piano sketch) is available on request for ensembles presenting the variations to audiences