Spokane Symphony: Elgar’s Enigma Variations
Jan. 26-27. After dinner, following a long workday, Elgar sat at the piano in the company of his wife, and leisurely produced the theme of his most famous masterpiece. What followed was one the British master’s major compositions - which still stands today among the most beloved in the symphonic repertoire. Named Enigma Variations, the piece was shrouded in mystery as to its construction, and to what each movement signifies. Each of the work’s fourteen sections is marked with a set of initials or name. After much speculation by public and musicians alike, Elgar himself confirmed that each of the movements was created to portray the personalities of some of his close friends. The second mystery comes from the legend on the original theme itself - “Enigma.” It is thought that the original theme depicts the composer himself, but we shall never know for sure. Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Saeka Matsuyama, violin. Part of the Classics series. Performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.