Variations on variations

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Parry: Symphonic Variations

Variation 1 (1st movement) • Variation 13 (Scherzo)
Variation 19 (Slow movement) • Variation 24 (Finale)

D’Indy: Istar

Her bejeweled breastplate
The belt around her waist
The rings on her toes and fingers
The final veil

Strauss: Don Quixote

1. » Introduction
07:06 2. » Theme: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
09:25 3. » Variation I: Adventure at the Windmills
12:02 4. » Variation II: The victorious struggle against the army of the great emperor Alifanfaron (aka the sheep)
13:41 5. » Variation III: Dialogue between Knight and Squire
22:26 6. » Variation IV: Unhappy adventure with a procession of pilgrims
24:21 7. » Variation V: The knight’s vigil
28:32 8. »Variation VI: The Meeting with Dulcinea
29:47 9. » Variation VII: The Ride through the Air
31:03 10. » Variation VIII: The unhappy voyage in the enchanted boat
32:50 11. » Variation IX: Battle with the magicians
34:02 12. » Variation X: Duel with the knight of the bright moon
38:44 13. » Finale: Death of Don Quixote

Feeling adventurous? This is the ALW learner tutorial for Moodle, their VLE – that’s a Virtual Learning Environment (as if you hadn’t guessed!) It’s worth exploring Moodle, mainly because we may have to use it at some point in the next few months. Once you gain access, you’ll discover that I’ve already uploaded a fair amount of material to the site; but, don’t worry, what’s there is just a duplicate of stuff you’ve already received. (This message also went out yesterday and the feedback wasn’t encouraging with several people reporting failure to access our courses and, as far as I’m aware, a success rate of nil. Still, it’s better to travel hopefully…).

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2 thoughts on “Variations on variations

  1. Thanks for introducing us to Parry’s Symphonic Variations, which I had never heard. An underrated composer and misunderstood man – politically radical. A touch of the sea shanty in his theme? Apparently he loved sailing and noted wind and weather every day in his diary!

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