The "Gorbasew" Variations
composer: Jeff Smallman
Picc.188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 Perc. 220.127.116.11.2
Commissioned by Orchestra London, Canada, this work is the result of an educational project. In collaboration with a grade 2 class, Jeff Smallman developed the main theme of this work, and then wrote each of the four subsequent variations based on the class's "direction." The variations explore a number of moods and instruments, moving from "sad" to "sneaky", and from "angry" to "peaceful". A wonderful piece of music.