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)
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
Alain Ayerdi/Sapere Aude Sinfonietta
(nb. performance using original timpani part as well as new percussion reduction)