Variations on an Unheard Theme

Variations on an Unheard Theme


five variations for chamber orchestra (8')

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in five movements

Instrumentation: Chamber Orchestra (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, 1 perc., Piano, String Quintet)

Completed in February, 2009.

Commissioned by the Festival Chamber Orchestra of Cornell University. World premiere on April 4, 2009, conducted by Chris Kim.


Variations on an Unheard Theme is, above all else, relentless. Not in volume, length, or difficulty, but rather in psychology. On the surface, it is a set of five variations which obsessively adhere to the theme of counting (one, two, three...). On a deeper level, these variations represent a search for what has been lost. Five short fragments; satellites orbiting a missing planet.

This digital download includes a full score (Letter-size) and a part for each instrument.


This is an excerpt of the fifth movement from the piece's world premiere on April 4, 2009 by the Cornell Festival Chamber Orchestra.