Theme and Variations Op80

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Theme and Variations, Op. 80
Composed by Amy Marcy Beach
Arranged for Flute Choir by Sandra Saathoff
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts

Instrumentation:
Flute 1
Flute 2
Flute 3
Alto Flute (or Flute 4)
Bass Flute (or Flute 5)

Program Notes by Sandra Saathoff:
      Inspired by the Bellevue Youth Symphony's programming theme – “Forgotten Voices” – I was interested in performing a major work with my flute ensemble of a female composer who isn't as well-known as they should be. With the help of a Performance Grant from Women's Philharmonic Advocacy this arrangement was made possible. The solo flute part remains intact, while the remaining flute ensemble covers the parts of the original string quartet writing. This arrangement can be performend as a quintet, or with a full flute choir (with or without alto and bass instruments.) Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944) was the best known female composer of her time period and the first woman in the United States to compose a symphony. Despite the limitations imposed by family and society, she knew even as a young child that “no other life than that of a musician could ever have been possible for me” and succeeded with perseverance and dedication, despite many obstacles. The theme can be paired with any combination of variations to create a musically rich performance of a variety of lengths to suit programming considerations. Also, it should be noted that the fifth Variation has been omitted from this arrangement.

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