Frere Jacques Variations for Strings

Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
5 minutes
Classical music
String orchestra
Instrumental parts
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Programme Notes: A Theme and Variations based upon the French nursery tune Frere Jacques. Theme, Moderato, F major. The Theme is presented, with some independant movement between the instruments. Variation 1: Allegro, F major. Three-in-a-bar and light in mood. Variation 2: Moderato in the key of G minor. Variation 3: Allegro, a return to F major, and contrapuntal in texture. Variation 4: Andante. An introspective march-like variation in D minor. Variation 5: A thrilling Allegro finale, initially in the relative minor, frequently modulating and changing texture, and returning to the home key of F major at the end.

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