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3.7: Theme and Variations

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    72366
  • Notation for Theme and Variation

    A=theme

    A A1 A2 A3 A4 A5=theme and variation

    Please listen to the compositions below with the scores, and note the following:

    1. How many variations
    2. How the theme is altered in each variation

    Listen: Tchaikovsky, “Variations on a Rococo Theme”

    Listen to Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” with the score (below):

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    Follow along with the score.

    Listen: Arensky, “Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky”

    Listen to Arensky’s “Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky” with the score (below):

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    Follow along with the score.

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