Nimrod, for trombone octet

By: Edward Elgar
For: Octet
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Edward Elgar
Year of composition
Maximilien Brisson
Year of arrangement
Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Classical music
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Arrangement for trombone octet of the most famous of the ’’Enigma’’ Variations by Edward Elgar, ’’Nimrod’’.

This variation refers to a London music editor, Augustus J. Jaeger (Nimrod is a hunter in the Old Testament, and ’’Jaeger’’ means hunter in german), a close friend of the composer who gave him useful advice and uncensored criticism, and encouraged him to continue composing at times where Elgar considered giving up.

It became more popular than the work it is actually from, and is played every year in London on Remembrance Sunday.

Use of the alto trombone on part 1 and bass trombone on part 9 is recommended. Part 10 can be played or doubled on the tuba, as it is pretty low. For larger choirs who can double every part and allow the transition to work, the use of cup or non-metallic mutes for the first 8 bars would probably be a nice option.

Please let me know if you wish to perform this arrangement.

Arrangement for trombone choir (10 parts with optional tuba) also available (see related scores).

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