Vestmanviiki Variations [+mp3]

Sinfonietta No.3 - III.

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Difficult (Grades 7+)
12 minutes
Modern classical music
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Vestmanviiki Variations is the title given to a free-standing version of the the Finale to Sinfonietta No.3 for small orchestra, originally cast in three movements. It was written in 2013 especially for, and was entered in the last Uuno Klami Composition Competition: it won no prize!

Even though Vestmanviiki Variations can performed as a separate work (just like the corresponding slow movement, Tango and Milonga, which has also been scored for string orchestra), there is a brief recapitulation of some of the first movement material in the final few bars - but as the whole Sinfonietta is derived, essentially, from the same material, it makes no difference when the Finale is played on its own.

The theme of the Variations requires – and receives - no introduction and appears in its entirety only at the end of the movement after undergoing transformation though the course of seven variations. Principal players (including the percussionist!) get prominent solos in turn along the way. A gentle lament for oboe, halfway, turns into a waltz and this is transformed in turn into a march, complete with a nod to English precursors. The complete theme is first heard after two or three goes at a fughetta which includes whirling folk-fiddle effects and a recapitulation of earlier passages, though by that time, the audience should have long since guessed its identity! Listen carefully, and you’ll also find the Finnish national anthem and a few other "goodies" scattered about. This piece is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International This piece may NOT be adapted without the composer’s prior permission. The composer is prepared to adapt it himself for any combination of instruments: please contact him in the usual way. In the unlikely event that any body wishes to perform this work in the composer’s lifetime, there is no restriction on performance/recording save that such performance/recording be logged with an appropriate agency as the work is logged with the PRS.

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