Variations on B-A-C-H

Composition Date: 2007
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
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Programme Note:
My aim was to create a new piece based on the traditional sequence B flat-A-C-B natural (in German B natural being written as H) which explored new possibilities inspired by the four-note theme. Some variations (1, 3, 6) are very short while others (4, 5, 7, 8, 10) are more extended. Both melodic (nos. 1, 3, 5, 6) and harmonic (nos. 2, 4, 8) combinations of the four notes are used, while the last variation is somewhat fugal. Sometimes more colouristic than tonal, and sometimes polytonal, the style is nevertheless approachable, and the level of difficulty should not prevent an accomplished player from learning the piece fairly easily.

Premiere Information:
11/10/2009 Grace Lutheran Church Victoria Nicholas Fairbank


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2110 F164va
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 8, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((2), 8 p.) ;
    10 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Solo piano
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