Montrose Theme & Variations

1995 – for flute, clarinet & bass clarinet – 6:00

Sheet Music

Theme: Score and Parts (pdf)
Variation 1: Score and Parts (pdf)
Variation 2: Score and Parts (pdf)
Variation 3: Score and Parts (pdf)
Variation 4: Score and Parts (pdf)

Performances

World Premiere:
January 18, 1996
Toronto Canada

Recording

Date: January 18, 1996
Musicians: Rozalind MacPhail (flute), Michael Westwood (clarinet), Michele Jacot (bass clarinet)
Engineer: Frank Horvat
Location: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Walter Hall

  1. Montrose Theme (live) Rozalind MacPhail (flute), Michael Westwood (clarinet), Michele Jacot (bass clarinet) 00:51
  2. Montrose Variation 1 (live) Rozalind MacPhail (flute), Michael Westwood (clarinet), Michele Jacot (bass clarinet) 01:03
  3. Montrose Variation 2 (live) Rozalind MacPhail (flute), Michael Westwood (clarinet), Michele Jacot (bass clarinet) 00:48
  4. Montrose Variation 3 (live) Rozalind MacPhail (flute), Michael Westwood (clarinet), Michele Jacot (bass clarinet) 01:19
  5. Montrose Variation 4 (live) Rozalind MacPhail (flute), Michael Westwood (clarinet), Michele Jacot (bass clarinet) 01:06

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Programme Notes

After a significant amount of study on the Theme & Variations musical form, I was ready to put my own stamp on it. Compositionally, I find it interesting how the form allows you to stray far away from your original basic theme. I took this philosophy to the extreme with my treatment:

  • Theme: Regal, Noble, tonal, lyrical, smooth, classical in approach
  • 1st Variation: Sad, Sombre, still tonal and smooth, but in a minor key instead and with changes in rhythm
  • 2nd Variation: Vivace, lively, faster, more rhythmic and dissonant, atonal
  • 3rd Variation: Marcato, well marked, pointillistic texture alla Webern
  • 4th Variation: Maestoso, majestic, back to lyrical and classical approach

The word Montrose in the title refers to the street in Toronto where I had my first apartment.

– Frank Horvat

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