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Dances and Variations (Performance Score)-2BSN

Composer: Milmerstadt, Chris

Publisher: TrevCo

Edition: 1661


The primary rhythmic compositional idea of this piece compares and contrasts the manner in which two instruments can have a musical dialogue playing the same rhythm, versus, playing two different complimentary (or competitive) rhythms. From a thematic perspective the compositional goal was to derive, and unfold, the various primary themes from seemingly secondary, or supportive, themes found earlier in the composition (latent melodic supportive material earlier in the composition are later restated as primary themes). 

The piece originates with the main theme, stated by a single bassoon, which is then accompanied by various ornamentations played by the other. The second theme is then stated by both bassoons, un unison. From here onward the two contrasting themes are developed, separately, trough several varioaions. The subsequent development of these variations, in turn, takes on the for, of a dance (a Waltz, Courante, and Tango; respectively).

The Waltz is a variation on the theme stated at the beginning of the piece. The Courante is a dance from the development of the second theme. The Tango is developed from a literal restatement of the subsidiary voice from the Waltz. The finale of the piece is borne from the second bassoon parts (from the two previous Courante dance variations) played simultaneously to a building crescendo.