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Themes on a variation, Op.3 : for brass and percussion

by Jonathan David Little (1986)

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From the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Selected works by AMC represented artists


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Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 21

Library shelf no. CD 2334 [Available for loan]

Themes on a variation, Op. 3

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Themes on a variation, Op. 3 : for brass and percussion / Jonathan Little.

Library shelf no. 785.5719/LIT 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

This work derives most of its melodic and motivic material from the notes G, B flat, C, D and E flat - to which the timpani are tuned. This enables the timpani to participate in much of the melodic material that emerges from the given notes.

The most prominent theme to emerge can best be heard on the two solo glockenspiels - this theme itself being a variation of the old English carol, "This is the truth sent from above". The work is scored for 2 trumpets, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba (in C), timpani and 2 percussion.

Work Details

Year: 1986

Instrumentation: Brass and percussion ensemble: 2 trumpets in B flat, horn in F, euphonium, trombone, tuba in C, timpani, percussion (2 players).  

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: Jan 86. Australian National Music Camp, Adelaide

Written for the first composers' concert, Australian National Music Camp (1986).

Performances of this work

Jan 86: Australian National Music Camp, Adelaide

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