Written in 1954 whilst a student at Bretton Hall, for a recorder quartet we formed there. Octave Variations was first published by Schott & Co Ltd in 1974. It has been out of print for some years but is now available again from this website, and includes a recently added 8th Variation entitled Fughetta.
The piece is based on an original Theme, which uses all eight notes of a melodic minor scale, perhaps a sideswipe at the twelve-tone obsession prevailing at the time, and each of the following six Variations features a different interval of the scale, e.g. a 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc., Variation 8, added recently, is a short Fughetta and the piece concludes with a lively Finale.
The work is dedicated to the other members of the original Quartet, Frank, Alex and Tony.
Extracts from each movement may be seen below.
Prize winning Consort Audite Nova performed the Variations at a Leeds University Concert in 2012.
The score is in folded A3 booklet format, 14 pages, 178 bars
Performance time approx: 7:15 mins
Price £10.95 Includes Full Score and a separate part for each instrument
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