I am very grateful to Stereophile‘s John Atkinson for alerting me to an extraordinarily well-thought-out and, to me at least, persuasive identification of the “Hidden Theme” of Elgar’s “Engima” Variations.
Here’s the link to Ed Newton-Rex’s case that, when Elgar commented:
through and over the whole set [of variations] another and larger theme “goes”, but is not played
Elgar was referring to Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Details after the jump. Continue Reading →