Use Mozart’s melody ‘Non piu andrai’ to create three short contrasting variations using voices, instruments or a combination. You may use the whole or any part of the melody as you wish. Try changing the speed of the melody, the rhythm, the chords, the pitch; try making up your own words; try using different instruments for each variation; try repeating various parts of the tune. You will probably think of other ideas. Above all, make your variations as different as possible, linking them if you wish.
TASK 3. TASK 4.
Use the variation techniques mentioned above with any melody of your choice. Discuss in your group the suitability of various melodies for variation techniques.
Suggested Listening: ‘A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” (“Variations on a theme of Henry Purcell”) by Benjamin Britten, ‘Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar, Piano Sonata in A K331 (1st movement) by Mozart (Mozart also wrote 15 sets of variations for pianos including a set on a tune by Salieri), “Haydn Variations (StAnthony’s Chorale)” by Johannes Brahms, “Variations” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
C. General Listening
“Amadeus - Original soundtrack”* with music performed by Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Includes excerpts from Symphony No.25 in G minor K 583, Mass in C minor K 427, Symphonie Concertante K 364, Piano Concerto in E flat K 482, Requiem K 626 and the operas the Seraglio, Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute (London Recordings Ltd., 1984).
Other works by Mozart:Symphony No.40 in G minor K 550 (CFP) Symphony No. 41 in C major (Jupiter) K 551 (CFP) The World of Mozart (extracts) (DECCA) Piano Concerto in D (Coronation) K 537 (PHILIPS) Piano Concerto in A K 414 (PHILIPS) Marriage of Figaro (highlights) (DECCA Ace of Diamonds) Requiem (PHILIPS)
There are very few recordings of music by Salieri but the following may be available: Symphony in D (Veneziana) (CALLIOPE) Concerto for Oboe, Flute and orchestra (DECCA)