The Brass Variations

Here you can see/hear a full statement of the theme feeding the entire work. In keeping with the theme’s simplicity (see the Thematic Fragments page), this statement is relatively short (about a minute) and consists mostly of restatements of that thematic fragment — by 1st trumpet, then trombone, then again by 1st trumpet — more triumphantly and with full accompaniment. Things become even further fragmented as the theme gets passed through the other instruments. As is my habit, the tonal centers tend to wander a bit, arriving suddenly on E♭ Major at the start of the first full variation.

Go to Variation #1: “The Song”

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