THEME AND VARIATIONS AND ITS RELATION TO IMPROVISATION
AL CARMEN GUASTAFESTE
Pianist - Lecturer
Theme and Variations in the classical interpretation is a theme with written variations. These variations usually include melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, mode, imitation, fragmentation, augmentation, meter, contrapuntal, scales, thirds, sixths, octaves, and other compositional devices. These variations stand as models for improvising in the style of a particular period of music, or a specific composer.
An understanding of traditional theme and variations can also help in jazz improvisations as long as a change of feel and placing of accents is included.
The selections and length of the program may be changed according to the needs of the audience. All selections are preceded by explanations and demonstrations.