Peter Dickinson: Blue Rose Variations

Peter Dickinson: Blue Rose Variations

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Organ (ORG)
Artist: Peter Dickinson
Catalogue #: NOV010237
ISBN: 9780853609551


The Blue Rose Variations is one of several works in which the composer has drawn on ragtime and blues. The organ work is based on two transformations of the popular piano piece To A Wild Rose (Woodland Sketches, Op.51 No.1) by the American composer, Edward MacDowell (1860-1908). During the course of the Variations, To A Wild Rose appears as a blues and also as a classical rag, often as both together.
The sections are Theme: a quiet blues; Variation I: a pedal solo in varied metres based on the blues in fast tempo; Variation II: the first appearance of the rag as a background to the blues as a 2' pedal solo; Variation III: a version of Variation I now involving manuals too; Variation IV: another blues solo against the rag; Variation V: another version of Variation I with the pedal solo almost entirely transferred to the manuals; Variation VI: a final confrontation between the blues and the rag, now much decorated. First performed in New York in April 1986. Duration c.15 mins.

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Blue Rose Variations (Dickinson)

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Customer Rating Good, clear scoring. It's a shame Novello did not include Peter Dickinson's theme for these variations. It would only be an extra page. If the variations are performed without the theme they don't really make sense, particularly when the theme is probably only known by persons of a certain age! Fortunately, I have a piano copy of McDowell's "To a Wild Rose" theme and so can improvise that as an introduction.
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Published on: 26/02/1999
Format: Instrumental Work
Length: 32 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Novello & Co Ltd.

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