List of Works
Theme and Variations, Op. 6 No. 2Instrumentation: piano solo
Composed: 1949 (completed July 15)
Performance Time: 22 min.
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Eight variations bookended respectfully by a theme and fugue, this neo-romantic suite explores the many colors of the instrument. Each short variation develops a fresh perspective on the theme, from glitteringly lyrical to wildly bombastic. A concert piece waiting to be discovered.
I. Theme (1:30) -- LISTEN
II. Variation I (0:45) -- LISTEN
III. Variation II (2:15) -- LISTEN
IV. Variation III ( 0:30)
V. Variation IV (2:00) -- LISTEN
VI. Variation V (1:30) -- LISTEN
VII. Variation VI (1:45) -- LISTEN
VIII. Variation VII (2:00)
IX. Variation VIII, funeral march (4:30) -- LISTEN
X. Fugue (5:15) -- LISTEN
Ruth Palmer, piano. Recording courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio at the Gene Gutche Birthday Bash, Sept. 17, 2007. Ultan Recital Hall, University of Minnesota.
Also recorded by distinguished Norwegian pianist Eva Knardahl, August 10 1949, in Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
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