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Ten Variations

By Gilad Cohen

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Piano, Oboe, String Quartet - Advanced
Composed by Gilad Cohen. 21st Century. Score, Set of Parts. 182 pages. Published by Gilad Cohen Music (S0.19359).

Item Number: S0.19359

Ten Variations started with a simple melody, which I presented through a series of variations using different textures, underlying harmonies and moods. While the first variations I wrote seemed to live comfortably in the world of the concert music of the 20th century (Ravel and Shostakovich being highly influential), some of the newer variations began to sound more like Alice in Chains, an American grunge band from the 90s. True to the spirit of “if you can’t beat them, join their beat”, I realized that if my piece wants to rock, I must humbly obey. Thus, when writing the last variation of the piece (which, like a true composer, was written in the speed of light in order to chase the deadline’s tail), I was not surprised to find there some cheerful folk tunes, heavy rock grooves and a coloristic quote from Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. Ten Variations was written for the Nash Ensemble of London and subsequently performed by multiple ensembles at venues such as Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria), Gershwin Hotel (New York), the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Iowa School of Music, and Princeton University, with upcoming performances in Chicago and Connecticut. In 2012 Ten Variations won the top prize at the Franz Reinl Composition Contest in Vienna, Austria.

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