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Jim Curnow

James Curnow

Subtitle: Symphonic Variations for Band

General Info

Year: 1981
Duration: c. 14:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jenson Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubling English Horn)
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Mutanza, a 16th century Italian term for variation, has been described as “a large-scale, elaborately conceived work, composed of a rich-textured theme and five widely contrasted variations.” Curnow dedicated this challenging score to his wife in 1979; in 1980 it won the prestigious ABA/Ostwald Award.

The opening 11-note theme (played by horns and euphoniums in the second bar and by trumpets one bar later), provides the material for each of the five variations. These are entitled:

• Theme — Andante brilliante ma Maestoso
• Variation I — Allegro con brio
• Variation II — Rubato con espressivo
• Variation Ill — Allegro spiritoso
• Variation IV — Andante moderate e teneramente
• Variation V — Allegro moderato e Maestoso

- Program Note note by composer and Joseph Kreines


  • ABA/Ostwald Award, 1980, winner


State Ratings

  • Iowa: V
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • North Carolina: VI
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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  • Curnow, J. (1981). Mutanza: Symphonic Variations for Band [score]. Jenson Publications: [U.S.A.].
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 152.