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Variations in Olden Style (d' après Bach)

Theme – Andante Variation I. Grazioso Variation II. Allegro moderato Variation III. Adagio Variation IV. Andante Variation V. Allegro
Composer: Thomas Stevens
Durata: 8 min
Recorded by Baadsvik on CD: Tuba carnival
Year: 1989
Arrangements available in the following instrumentations:
Tuba and piano, Tuba and string orchestra

Variations in Olden Style (d’après Bach) were written in 1989 and consist of six short movements. The piece was written for Roger Bobo. Whilst the repertoire of trumpeters includes sonatas and other works from the eighteenth century, tuba players naturally do not, as their instrument was not invented until the 1830s. The composer’s intention with this piece was to offer tuba players a new piece in the style that was current two hundred years earlier. The theme (Andante) is taken from J.S. Bach’s Sixth French Suite for harpsichord, and the five brief variations that follow (Grazioso, Allegro moderato, Adagio poco pesante, Adagio and Allegro) are written in a style akin to that of Corelli’s violin sonatas and Handel’s harpsichord suites. There are two versions of the work, one for tuba and strings with basso continuo, and one for tuba and keyboard instrument.

Sound and video with Baadsvik playing Stevens – Variations in Olden Style (d’ après Bach):

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