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Air and Variations is designed to expose students to the variation form through the use of contrasting styles, tempi and meters. The work opens with a statement of the theme presented by flute, clarinet and trumpet in legato, lyric style. Variation 1 is a 'toccata' featuring marcato eighth notes, providing a rhythmic version of the theme. Variation 2 is a 'romance' with the theme presented in a slow, expressive setting. Variation 3 is a gently lilting 'waltz' with the theme appearing in flutes and trumpets. Variation 4 is a stately, triumphant processional-style 'march' which provides the conclusion of the work. This title is available in SmartMusic.
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