"What is hidden is essentially musical and cannot be translated into words."
The story goes that one day in 1898, after a tiring day of teaching, Edward Elgar began to improvise on the piano. One of the melodies he improvised caught the attention of his wife, Caroline Alice Elgar, who asked him to repeat it. So to entertain her, he began improvising variations on this melody, each in the style of a friend. Some time later, Elgar expanded on these variations and orchestrated them, turning the piece into the "Riddle Variations".
Elgar dedicated the work to "my friends portrayed in it"; each variation shows a emotive picture of some of their closest social relationships, which is explored in an individualized way by the dancers of CISNE NEGRO CIA. DE DANÇA, uniting the "old" to "new.
Edward Elgar "Riddle Variations"