Variations for Orchestra
pour orchestre

Alan Belkin
Alan Belkin
Composition Date: 1994
Revision Date: 2013
Duration: 00:24:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Celeste
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
My Variations for Orchestra function as the finale for my 4th symphony, but also can be played as an independent piece. The work is in a unusual, personal version of the variation form: Apart from an introduction, there is a free Adagio (but built from the main thematic material) interpolated in the middle of the variations. After a return to several more strict variations, the finale is a free fantasy, again growing out of material in the introduction.
There is a big climax over a sarabande-like ostinato in the strings, and a surprise ending: the end seems to arrive with a deep, quiet, line in the celli and basses, and then there is a
sudden mysterious glide into the last phrase, recalling the theme, but with troubled, "wrong note" imitations in the timpani.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 B432va 2013
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 12, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (iv, 24 p.) ;
    28 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour orchestre: 2222/2200 - harpe - célesta - timbale - 1 perc - cordes.
    Percussion: triangle, cymbal, crash cymbals, tubular bells, marimba, vibraphone.
    Ces "variations pour Orchestres" sont les mouvements finaux de la symphonie no 4, et peuvent également être jouées indépendamment de la symphonie.
    En 1 mouvement.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.

    For orchestra: 2222/2200 - harp - celesta - timpani - 1 perc - strings.
    1 movement.
    These "Variations for Orchestra" function both as the third and final movement of Symphony #4, and as a separate piece.
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