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Copland, Aaron: Orchestral Variations (1957) 14'
for orchestra

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2(=picc).1.corA.2(II=bcl).2-4.2.3.1-timp.perc(2):crot/glsp/t.bells/ xyl/bongos/conga dr/cowbell/cyms/tam-t/wdbl/BD/SD/TD-harp-strings

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One of Copland's favorite pieces was his early Piano Variations. Disappointed that the work was performed infrequently, he decided to transcribe the variations for orchestra in response to a commission from the Louisville Orchestra. He had thought about making the arrangement for a long time. "It was a unique challenge to think of this material in terms of orchestral color," Copland said.

-Vivian Perlis, 1998



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