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Elgar, Enigma Variation, No. 9, "Nimrod" (1899)

“Nimrod,” an Old Testament hunter, was Edward Elgar's nickname for his publisher and closest friend, Augustus Jaeger. Elgar appreciated Jaeger for always encouraging him as an artist and wrote the following piece to represent the summer evening that he spent listening to Jaeger talk about Beethoven’s adagios. The Nimrod Variation is the most famous of the fourteen “Enigma Variations" and has become a standard piece of music for solemn ceremonies and other dignified occasions.


Daniel Barenboim conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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