Haydn Theme and Variations

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Theme and variations is a very common musical structure that students will encounter in all musical eras, from Baroque to Contemporary. The Classical Period is characterized by simplicity, accessibility, contrasting moods and ornamentation. This theme, by Haydn, is built upon two simple 12 bar musical ideas in Binary form. The celli and basses are responsible for maintaining the momentum throughout the Theme and the 4 variations and the rest of the work is shared around the orchestra. The key remains the same throughout, but the variations become more and more complex, with the third being slightly slower, leading into the final fast semiquaver passages. This arrangement is a great introduction to the elegant and graceful style of Classical string playing.

Title arrow Haydn Theme and Variation
Composer arrow Loreta Fin
Arranger arrow
Standard arrow Intermediate to Advanced
Grade arrow 3
Duration arrow 3 minutes
Key arrow  D Major
Catalogue No. arrow Alfred Music: 76-53129
Listen to a recording of Haydn Theme and Variations . The folio contains: Parts for string orchestra (8-8-4-4-5-2) Conductor’s score Piano accompaniment


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