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Abandoned Theme and Variations

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In celebration of the Fall Competition (which I have no entry for), I have decided to post this old piece. It was originally intended as the third movement of a piano sonata, but I didn't feel like it was good enough to include, so I got rid of it.

I consider it a failed attempt at a set of variations on an original theme. There was originally meant to be 7 variations, five based on baroque dances, a fugue, and a chorale. Only the theme, three dances, and the chorale were ever completed. I stopped writing after that because I lost interest in the theme I was working with, and wasn't really satisfied with what I had done so far. I'd like to think that I learned something through working on it, even though I don't really like the end result.

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A shame that you gave up on this.  What you have here is quite nice.  I particularly liked the gavotte.  The juxtaposition of a jazzy type of theme within a baroque style of variations is quite interesting.

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I agree with bkho that the jazzy stuff in there was really admirable and perfect for a set of variations like this.
I feel like there wasn't enough timbral shifts...? A lot of doom and gloom from the piano sound but more exploration from the registers could have been a welcome change. 

Good stuff here so far.

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