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Theme and Variation basics

Posted by walters 
Theme and Variation basics
September 18, 2005 05:56PM

Theme and Variation Basics:
What are some Basic Variation tricks?

If i write a motif,Lied,melody line,theme how do i write variations ?

Does Variations take a Theme and ADD in new parts? has different cadences?
Shifts the Tempo of the theme? changes Time signatures? different keys?
Re: Theme and Variation basics
September 25, 2005 11:30AM
Hi -
The best way to learn about what you might do is listen to what composers have done in the past. There are a lot of examples of theme-and-variations compositions out there.

Mozart wrote a theme-and-variations on what I'd call the "Twinkle twinkle little star" melody that is a classic example. Look for Mozart's variations on "Ah, vous dirais-je, Maman".

About your question, you could do *all* of those things, though you wouldn't want to do them all at once if you want the listener to be able to keep up. The trick to a theme and variations is generally to show the listener where you can take the original theme BUT have it still be recognizable.

-Rob
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