Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations (String Quartet Score) – Score Digital Download
The central movement Nimrod of Elgar's most popular symphonic orchestral work, has in this arrangement by Carlo Martelli had its original key (E flat) transposed to C for the sake of the greater sonority thus attained.
The central movement Nimrod of Elgar's most popular symphonic orchestral work, has in this arrangement by Carlo Martelli had its original key (E flat) transposed to C for the sake of the greater sonority thus attained. Review: "This lovely arrangement is ideal for introducing the music of Elgar to students and is suitable for concerts, weddings and other occasions. For schools, colleges, conservatories and professionals." – New Issues December 1994
Carlo Martelli was born on the 12th December 1935 in London to an Italian father and an English mother. By the age of eleven Carlo had developed a passion for the symphony orchestra. Just before his twelfth birthday he started taking regular violin lessons and very soon began writing elaborate orchestral scores achieving a mastery in this field by the age of sixteen, by which time he had obtained a County Scholarship to attend the Royal College of Music in London, studying composition and viola. By the time he was 21 he had written a string quartet and had already had a great deal of success with several large scale serious symphonic compositions, notably his Second Symphony, which had many performances and broadcasts by several major orchestras in the few years after its completion. In the 1960's he turned to film music to make a living, and also worked steadily as a freelance viola player. His arrangements for string quartet, trio and other combinations number well over 250 and are played by hundreds of groups all over the world.
This is an adaptation by Carlo Martelli for string quartet of one of six choral songs the composer wrote while holidaying in Southern Germany. The original version was for harmonium and 4 part chorus. Elgar later orchestrated three of the songs under the title Three Bavarian Dances. For colleges, conservatories and professionals.
At the height of his maturity as a composer Elgar composed two suites for orchestra by expanding and developing some incidental music he had composed at the age of twelve for some private theatricals. This arrangement by Carlo Martelli is from the second suite and is ideal for colleges.
This piece, arranged by Bill Thorp, forms part of a group of Edward Elgar's much-loved salon pieces, that are as fresh and exquisite as when first conceived over a century ago. The more sprightly Beau Brummel nostalgically evokes the (appropriately) Edwardian golden age, and will be ever-popular because it is so beautifully written.
In the early 1890s, whilst on holiday in Bavaria, Elgar composed several pieces for chorus and keyboard for a group of musicians he met at the inn in which he was staying. He later orchestrated three of the pieces that were published as Three Bavarian Dances - this arrangement is the second movement of that suite. The Pavão Quartet recorded this arrangement on the CD Dreaming, released in 2008 on Discrete Recordings DISC0801 and re-released in 2010 on Discadia Records DISCA001. Included on the same CD are four more of Martelli’s Grieg, Beethoven, Debussy and Dvořák arrangements also published by Broadbent & Dunn.
At the height of his maturity as a composer, Elgar composed two suites for orchestra by expanding and developing some incidental music he had composed at the age of twelve for some private theatricals. Suite Two was first performed in Worcester on the 9th September 1908 as part of the Three Choirs Festival, and was conducted by the composer.