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"39 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major" for piano Op. 98

By Gary Noland

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Piano Solo - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Gary Noland. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic, Post-Modern, Recital. Score. 192 pages. Published by Freeland Publications (S0.270489).

Item Number: S0.270489

Duration: ca. 90 minutes-2 hours. Quite possibly the longest set of piano variations in the entire classical music literature, with the exception, perhaps, of certain sets of variations for piano by Kaikhosru Shapurgi Sorabji. This work ends with a monstrous 35-page long fugue. In the 18th century, Bach composed the Goldberg Variations (30 variations), in the 19th century Beethoven composed the Diabelli Variations (33 variations), in the 20th century Frederic Rzewski composed "The People United Will Never Be Defeated" (36 variations), and now, in the 21st century, Gary Noland has composed his monumental "39 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major." (There seems to be a pattern of three variations added on for each century). This is a work for adventurous first-rate pianists! Some of the variations are self-contained and may be played separate from the whole.

"I'm fascinated by your variations. Perhaps amarathon performance with many pianists doing several variations? Could beinteresting. RIchard Strauss would have loved it."—Jed Distler, pianist.

"Sheer genius!!!!   Move over Bach!!!!!"—Alfred Watson, composer & pianist.

"Very nice and exciting! I listened [to] both theparts on you tube and I was not bored at all ... impeccable technique with echos(in my opinion) from Bach, Beethoven, Satie up to contemporaries, and manyothers ... many compliments!!!—Sisto Palombella

"One word: monumental!"—Joseph Ford, composer

"This is amazing music … Wow!!!"—John William Baxter

"Beautifully put together. Three cheers!"—Scott Giles, composer

"This is a remarkable set of variations, not only for the immensely imaginative treatment of the theme but also for the vast array of stylistic influences incorporated into the score. One need only listen to five minutes to appreciate the craftsmanship!"—Lenny Cavallaro, composer

"I'm enjoying this very much. I liked the intellectual rigor that underlies it."—John Melcher, composer

"Amazing work!"—Rudolf Schmitt

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