Variations on a Handmade Theme

From Wind Repertory Project
Warren Benson

Warren Benson

Subtitle: For Hand Clappers

General Info

Year: 1961 / 1976 / 2015
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.B. Marks, through Subito Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $2.25


Full Score
Percussion, including:

  • Hand Clappers I-VIII


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Variations on a Handmade Theme dates from 1976 and has remained one of the most popular works in Warren Benson’s oeuvre. This clapping piece is suitable for any group of musicians and makes a great companion piece to his Rondino for 8 Handclappers. In the days of COVID-19, this short composition provides a fitting conclusion to tonight’s concert.

- Program Note from Baylor University Wind Ensemble concert program, 29 March 2021


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Benson, W. (1976). Variations on a Handmade Theme: For Hand Clappers [score]. Poetry of Sound: New York.
  • Warren Benson website Accessed 1 April 2021