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Variations on a Theme of Paganini

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Hiroaki Kataoka

Hiroaki Kataoka

General Info

Year: 1807 / 2013
Duration: c. 4:24
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • E-flat Clarinet

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • E-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet

Part 3

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone

Part 4

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 5

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 6

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone

Part 7

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba
  • String Bass

Part 8

  • Marimba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed in September 2013 by a commission from Kokugakuin University Tochigi Junior College in Tochigi Prefectural, this work was premiered by the same institution's chamber music study group in the same year.

When asked to compose, it was difficult to add thickness to the mid-range part because it was a composition of mixed octets with unprecedented instrumentation of two flutes, three clarinets, alto saxophone, tuba, and percussion instruments, but there was no range. When I made the best use of it, I was able to finish it into an ensemble whose balance was the opposite.

Since this time we have made a flexible structure of woodwinds. You can freely mix and match musical instruments and enjoy playing various patterns. The middle part is lyrically full, the latter half is passionate and powerful, and I think the final A sound will be more attractive if it is thickly scored.

- Program Note by composer (roughly translated from Japanese through Google Translate)

This work is a theme and variations on Niccolò Paganini's Caprice No. 24 in A minor for piano. Caprice No. 24 is the final caprice of Paganini's 24 Caprices, and a famous work for solo violin. The caprice, in the key of A minor, consists of a theme, 11 variations, and a finale. His 24 Caprices were probably composed in 1807, while he was in the service of the Baciocchi court.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Lethbridge (Alb., Can.) Wind Orchestra (Chee Meng Low, conductor) - 18 April 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Ceon Rumphs, conductor) - 22 March 2021

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