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A tune and variations for little people


A tune and variations for little people for violin and piano was composed in 1937 and published two years later; it consists of a theme, three variations and a coda. The theme is a simple melody with a slightly old-fashioned air, like a gavotte, and the variations are simple too: the first is a study in pizzicato; the second shifts the prevailing 2/4 metre into 5/8 in order to set some mild rhythmic challenges. In the third, slower variation we are presented with a romantic, nocturne-like version of the theme. The first part of the coda modulates back to a final statement of the tune. Altogether this is an unassuming but charming educational piece.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2014


Benjamin: Violin Sonatina & Viola Sonata
Studio Master: CDA67969Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA67969 track 7

Recording date
9 December 2012
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew Dilley
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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  1. Benjamin: Violin Sonatina & Viola Sonata (CDA67969)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: June 2014
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