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Variation Overture (flex)

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Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams (arr. Clarence Barber)


General Info

Year: 1961 / 2021
Duration: c. 6:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwig Masters, through Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $13.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

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

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Cello

Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

From its premiere years ago, Variation Overture has been a classic and hugely successful publication. Presented as a concert overture, the theme and variations are immensely enjoyable to perform and to hear, time and time again. The level of difficulty is deceiving as the work sounds more difficult than, technically, it is.

- Program Note from publisher


It is a relatively recent phenomenon for a composer of major stature to write music for instrumental ensembles utilizing mature techniques of composition within a simple framework and well within the performance capabilities of young student musicians. Williams has done an admirable job of achieving such a goal in this composition. The basic thematic material consists of the first three notes of the major scale. The three tones are skillfully woven into the composition so that one never forgets them but never tires of hearing them. It is a delightful piece for young players and for young-at-heart audiences.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Media

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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Creative Repertoire Initiative
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 243-252.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 648