George Walker

Variations for Orchestra, Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Boys Choir and Chamber Orchestra

   The Variations for Orchestra were composed in the summer of 1971 at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy.  This work does not present a theme in the conventional manner.   A short introduction of ten measures contains intervallic fragments that reappear in the variations that follow.  Each of the eight variations is a separate entity structured around contrasting orchestral timbres and fragments from the introductory material.  Variations six and seven are linked together by a perfect fifth sustained by vibraphone and harp.