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“Nimrod” from Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra “Enigma”

Edward Elgar, composer

Earl Slocum, arranger

Nimrod” is one of the fifteen variations presented in the work commonly referred to as the Enigma Variations. This variation draws its mood from the opening bars of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” piano sonata, second movement, and is commonly performed at solemn occasions and memorial services. Performed on May 17, 2000, by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, we present it [on March 3, 2012] with love, honor and affection, at the request of the family of William M. Toland.

Performed in Memoriam William M. Toland, Music Director Laureate of the Concord Band (Music Director 1962–1995).

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