Karim Al-Zand: Music: Variations


Variations

on a theme of Bartòk for viola & piano

image The piece is a short ‘theme and variations’ using as its theme a melody from Bela Bartòk’s Concerto for Orchestra. The first tune heard in the Intermezzo movement of that work is a lilting, folk-like melody that alternates measures of four and five beats. Bartòk’s melody is remarkable in that it has very little harmonic motion and quite limited pitch material, occasionally repeating a pattern of only three or four notes. Consequently, the five variations of the piece are, in a sense, ‘metric variations,’ since they focus on exploring contrasting rhythmic patterns, layered between the parts.




DATE
2002

DURATION
7 minutes

INSTRUMENTATION
viola, piano

PREMIÈRE
January 30, 2003, Duncan Recital Hall, Houston TX
Sheldon Person, viola | Jeffrey Neufeld, piano


AUDIO

MP3


SCORE
PDF

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