This is a rather challenging solo partita (set of variations) on a famous Lutheran chorale often sung at festive occasions, including weddings. It is fundamentally in the German high baroque style. On the recording, the composer plays over the tune before beginning the five variations. For ease of execution, he plays the third variation on the sopranino (as suggested in the score). Performers should take care to distinguish between the short trill and the mordent, which has a subtle, easily missed vertical stroke through it. Duration: 9:30
-- Anthony St. Pierre
Difficulty ranges from Moderate to Challenging.
This fun theme and variations for solo soprano has hints of Van Eyck and a beautiful mournful quasi-siciliana variation in 4 flats that allows intermediate players to get acquainted with that key in an easy setting. It would also work very well on Tenor, using an Alto in the third variation.