Tears from Nimrod

January 12, 2011

For a break I decided to watch “Pirate Radio” tonight– a warm and zany movie.

THEN — that sneaky music supervisor — they used the Nimrod variation from Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and like a 1930s cartoon, tears burst out of my eyes with every phrase.

Why do I get so profoundly moved from this grandiose chord progression? Is it the perpetually falling bass line? Or my hopelessly anglo roots? Or my nerd-ball love of great voice leading? Or is this variation an orgasmic musical moebius strip?

Let’s hear Colin Davis conduct it:
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