Incidental Variations

Composition Date: 2012
Duration: 00:13:28
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 3 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Baritone/Euphonium
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
I. Adagio - Andante. This is a brief exposition of the motif.
II. Allegro. This features a melodic and then a rhythmic extension of the original 3 note motif. This has a quick driving rhythm.
III. Poco Adagio. This contemplative variation uses the motif as the beginning of a simple legato melody which is focused in the strings.
IV. Allegro Vivace. The motif is used here with an extension to a five note scale and the inversion is added. There is an incessant pulsing syncopated rhythm which provides an opportunity of some mischief in the bass line.
V. Allgretto Maestoso. The rhythm of the original motif is altered and the retrograde is added leading to a simple melody featuring the strings and winds.
VI. Allegro. This combines elements of the variations to provide a rhythmic and dynamic finale.

Premiere Information:
06/05/2012 Salvation Army Citadel Kingston Orchestra Kingston Conductor: John Palmer


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 P1745in
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 22, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (46 p.) ;
    46 Pages
    Height: 35.3 cm
    Width: 25 cm
    Parts page count: 203
    30 parts (available for rent) ([203] p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Community orchestra
    Instrumentation: 3(1.2.pic)222 433(+opt Euph)1 tymp +1 piano str
    I. Adagio-Andante
    II. Allegro
    III. Poco Adagio
    IV. Allegro Vivace
    V. Allegretto Maestoso
    VI. Allegro
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