Nimrod is the ninth of the famous ‘Enigma’ Variations, each of which features in musical terms one of Elgar’s friends. It is dedicated to and portrays A J Jaeger, a German-born musician who worked for Elgar’s publishers, Novello & Co. The title is a kind of pun (Elgar was very fond of puns): Nimrod is the ‘mighty hunter’ mentioned in the Book of Genesis, and the German word Jaeger means ‘hunter’. Jaeger encouraged, chided, sympathized with and doted on Elgar; he recognized his genius at a time when few others did, and his critical comments helped the shy and introverted composer a great deal. Hence this heartfelt tribute, which also reflects on a conversation Elgar had with Jaeger on the quality of Beethoven’s slow movements.