When you are ready to teach your band about the form “Theme and Variations” here is a wonderful arrangement which your students are going to love. First, see if your students can figure out the title before the composition is played.
The Theme (”Three blind Mice”) is introduced in Eb Major, common time, as a cannon in three parts. The first variation is in ¾ time in Dm, followed by variation #2 in DM, in an easy Jazz style, back in common time. The 3rd variation, also in D Major, is a Viennese waltz in 3/4. Variation #4, comes back in Eb Major, common time, as a chorale with a typical “classical” Coda. Best of all, every woodwind and brass player has a chance at the melody, and parts are doubled to sound full with even the smallest bands.
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