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Two more variations on Mme. Sidney Pratten's Theme Original
Hello <<First Name>>,

Creativity is a beautiful thing to witness and be a part of. I don't think there is any other resource or platform online or otherwise that is doing what we are doing here, and I thank you all for making it happen! I sincerely thank all who have composed variations so far - it has been a privilege and delight to play your music! I also thank all of you subscribers for listening and following along on this journey.

If you've missed any of the variations so far, then they are all down at the bottom of the email for you to watch and listen.

The first variation in the video is by Sammy Breve.
It's subtitled 'Alla Polacca', which means to be played with the rhythm and character of a polonaise. Sammy told me that this was inspired by watching a documentary about Chopin.

A polonaise is a slow Polish dance in triple time, and has a march-like or processional character. Chopin's Polonaise in Ab Major Op. 53 (sometimes subtitled "Heroic") is one of the most famous examples.

Sammy did an excellent job, I really enjoyed playing his variation! There's a very nice and balanced contrast between the polonaise rhythms and arpeggio patterns. This creates the effect of a multi-layered texture, which is 'orchestrated' very ingeniously. For example, if this were played by an ensemble or orchestra, the first four measures would consist of one instrumentation, and the next four would be played by a totally different instrumentation. There are also some little solo interjections, again creating nice contrasts (mm. 14, 17, and 18).

One of my favorite moments is at the penultimate measure, where Sammy uses a very colorful chord derived from the Rule of the Octave (if you missed that or need a refresher, click here). Overall this is really fantastic work, I hope you keep on composing Sammy!
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The second variation in the video is by Dudi Shaul.
This one was improvised, so I transcribed the recording that Dudi sent me of him playing. I did make a number of changes, especially to the A section. Dudi plays styles outside of traditional classical music, so some of those idioms crept into the improvisation. This is by no means a bad thing, quite the contrary!

I really like the general freedom that Dudi displayed in the A section, but I particularly love the B section. Here Dudi got really groovy, playing something that resembles a typical choro rhythm. In fact, because this is in g minor, it strongly reminds me of Choro de Saudade by Barrios, which is also in that key.

So, a very melancholic and almost recitative-like A section is contrasted by a groovy Choro-like section! This was a lot of fun to play, and I hope I did the groovy part some justice (it's not my forte).

Improvisation was a really big part of 19th century music making, and I really admire Dudi's courage to apply this mindset to a classical style piece. Improvisation is so often associated with jazz and world music, but it should be just as applicable to classical music! I've said it many times already, but I'll say it again:

19th century musicians were as much composers and improvisors as they were performers. If you are playing music from this period (or earlier) then it would be of great value and benefit for you to compose and improvise too!!!!
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Sammy and Dudi's variations
More Variations on Pratten's Theme Original
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Pratten's Theme Original and my variation in the repeats
Bill and Malcolm's variations
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