Ochs, Variations on a German Folksong

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In this remarkable composition for concert band from 1887, Siegfried Ochs parodies a different composer in each variation.

Concert Band | PDF download | Level 4, Medium

Variations on a German Folksong
Siegfried Ochs (􏰾􏱛􏱶􏱛􏱱􏰾􏱙􏱀􏱙1858–1929)
Modern edition by David Whitwell

Concert Band | PDF download | Level 4, Medium
Date: 1887 | Duration: 14:30

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Score preview

In this remarkable composition Siegfried Ochs, in each variation he parodies a different composer.

  • Theme: “Kommt ein Vogel geflogen,” Allegretto con moto
  • Variation 1: Bach, Allegro non troppo
    [In the style of an organ fugue]
  • Variation 2: Josef Haydn, Allegretto con modo
    [ In the style of Harmoniemusik]
  • Variation 3: Mozart, Andante molto grazioso
    [A clarinet solo]
  • Variation 4: Johann Strauss, Waltz
    [In the style of a Viennese Waltz]
  • Variation 5: Verdi, Allegro
    [ An “Aria di Bravura” in the operatic style, with the often repeated finale of Italian dramatic music]
  • Variation 6: Charles Gounod, Adagio e dolce
    [A parody on the Garden Scene in Faust]
  • Variation 7: Wagner, Lento-Allegro Grandioso
    [A parody on two motives from Lohengrin and Tannhäuser]
  • Variation 8: Beethoven, Andante non troppo
    [In the style of a song with pano]
  • Variation 9: Mendelssohn, Andante molto expressivo
    [a quartet for horns in imitation of the Intermezzo in Midsummer Night’s Dream]
  • Variation 10: Brahms, Moderato
    [in the style of a song from Op. 49]
  • Variation 11: Meyerbeer, Tempo di marcia
    [in the grand heroic style. After an introduction by the drums, the grand scene “The Blessing of the Daggers” in The Huguenots is parodied.]
  • Variation 12: March [in the style of a nineteenth century German Infantry March]

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