Variations on an original nursery tune : for cello and piano
by Richard Peter Maddox (1984)
Score & Part
Library shelf no. 787.4/MAD 1 [Not for loan]
The theme for this piece grew out of the evening rituals of
putting children to bed (based on the nursery rhyme "Pat-a-cake,
pat-a-cake, baker's man"). It has a gentle, soothing quality
conducive to slumber. The variations then take on the different
characters of the child's response to being put to bed, working
through a somewhat rebellious march, several quieter sections,
then the playfulness of Variation V and the follow-the-leader
canon (in the piano part) of Variation VI, and finally the
Nocturne of Variation VII which leads back to the return of the
theme, indicating that sleep has arrived.
The piece is intended as a pastiche, with each variation imitating the style of a different composer. (Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Brahms are some of the names that might be invoked here.) This enables the listener to indulge in a sort of guessing game as the piece proceeds.
Instrumentation: Cello, piano.
Duration: 10 min.
- In the form/style of: Variations
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