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Theme and Variations (Cathy's Variations)

for solo piano (2007)

By Marc Andre Hamelin

For solo piano (2007). Composed by Marc Andre Hamelin. Piano (Solo). Edition Peters #EP68371. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP68371).

Item Number: PE.EP68371

The Theme and Variations is purely the work of a man in love, and it was inspired by my fiancee Cathy Fuller, my true soulmate, who fascinates me more with each passing day. As a matter of fact, the theme is meant to be a portrait of her, something that I'd never had the idea of attempting before. I will always remember the day I first played this piece for her as one of the happiest in my life.

Save perhaps for the slightly naughty inclusion of a meaningful French folksong somewhere in the texture during the coda, there are no motivic allusions or musical codes a la Robert and Clara. The music is as pure and loving as I knew how to make it, though in the instance of variation 3, the composer-pianist in me couldn't resist welding the theme to an extended passage from the last movement of Beethoven's Sonata in E Major Opus 109, one of Cathy's favorite pieces, by the one composer she could never do without. (Marc-Andre Hamelin)

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  • October 25, 2017 Solid tonal music here...

    Hamelin has created some accessible and playable variations here. Lots of running 16ths in the middle of the set. The theme is multi-tonal, in the sense that the key shifts back and forth, rather than using traditional modulations and sequences. More like a set of Beethoven variations than you...

    'd think.

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