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Variations and Fugue

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Vittorio Giannini

Vittorio Giannini

General Info

Year: 1967
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Franco Colombo
Cost: Unknown

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Woodblock
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Variations and Fugue was Giannini's fifth work for band and was not published until several months after his death. All five band works were written during the last ten years of his life. Despite its chromaticism and obvious melodic romanticism, this work is relevant to our times. Its massive sonorities and long melodic lines are combined to provide a nostalgic look at the past, but the piece ends in a mood of optimism and hope. It is a mature work from a mature artist who retained his creative powers and enthusiasm to the very end of his life.

' Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: VI --- (The Florida Bandmasters Association denotes this as significant literature)
  • Louisiana: V
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • Texas: V Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Giannini, V. (1967). Variations and Fugue : For Symphonic Band [score]. Franco Colombo: New York.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 228.