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Variations on a Bass Theme (George Lloyd)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 10:00
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 2004

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Full of intrigue and mystery, Variations on a Bass Theme is a treat for the ears. A plethora of thematic material emerges out of tuba section in the opening bar, creating the jumping off point for the whole work. Lloyd takes the listener down numerous unexpected paths, conjuring many visual images along the way as if watching a movie.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 5 | Duration: 10:00

    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Oboe
    2nd Oboe
    Eb Clarinet*
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Eb Alto Clarinet*
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    1st Bassoon
    2nd Bassoon
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone
    Bb Tenor Saxophone
    Eb Baritone Saxophone*

    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    1st Bb Cornet
    2nd Bb Cornet
    3rd Bb Cornet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    3rd F Horn
    4th F Horn
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone
    Bass Trombone
    (TC Baritone)

    String Bass*

    Percussion (suspended cymbal, snare drum, glockenspiel, bass drum, triangle)

    Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    Variations on a Bass Theme was written in 1986 for brass band and the original version was titled "Diversions on a Bass Theme." The composer himself wrote:

    "This piece is a set of variations. Traditionally variations were what they said they were, i.e. a given tune was treated in a variety of ways. The pattern of this work is made the other way round: a number of tunes grow out of the first bar, played by the tubas, which provide the motif for the whole work.

    Arranger's Note:
    The suggestion to arrange the work for symphonic wind band came from George Lloyd: he felt the piece lent itself to such transcription and asked if I would be interested in undertaking it. Interestingly, he always referred to the piece as his Variations on a Bass Theme and I have reflected this in the title of this concert band version. In all other respects the work is exactly as George Lloyd wrote it.

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