C Minor Variations

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Project Description

Clarinet in Bb and Piano
1987
5 min.

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Description

This small piece illustrates basic variation processes in Classical style. A simple theme appears in numerous guises – changes of tempo, dynamics, mode and texture.

Program Note

“C-Minor Variations” is a brief piece, composed quickly one evening while sitting in a hotel bathroom waiting for my young son to go to sleep in the other room. Its purpose was to illustrate basic variation techniques for a music class that I was teaching.

Program note by David Maslanka

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