Variations Assignment Music Composition Assignments   William Wieland
Composition Component

Together we will create a theme. Please write 3 short variations on that theme which we can listen to in class.
Listening Component (as time allows)

Bach Goldberg Variations (Aria and 30 variations) — See Glenn Gould on YouTube.

Beethoven Diabelli Variations (Veränderungen über einen Walzer, Op.120) (Waltz and 33 variations)
NAXOS recording CDX-5112 (Alfred Brendel)

Frederic Rzewski The People United Will Never be Defeated!
Be certain to listen to the following:
  • Thema "With determination"
  • Variation 1 "Weaving: delicate but firm"
  • Variation 5 "Dreamlike, frozen"
  • Variation 7 "Lightly, impatiently"
NAXOS recording NA063CD