Program Notes

Variants was written for flautist Sandy Hughes, and was completed in December of 2006. The theme is an original tune, and the following variations all focus on some aspect of the theme. The coda at the end serves as the final statement of the theme as it dies away into nothingness. The work is structured so each variation propels the piece forward to the cadenza when the work reaches is climax in both tempo and pitch. The form is as follows:

Variation 1: Kinky
Variation 2: Feeling Improvised
Variation 3: Reflective
Variation 4: Playful
Variation 5: Frenzied
Variation 6: Cadenza

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