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Written for the piano in 1862, "Weiner Hagen" variations were transcribed in 1863 for organ by Franz Liszt. The transcription is really a large fantasia in the key of F minor that consists of groups of variations, all of which are based on two closely related themes. This arrangement for symphonic band was written for the intended use of any university or good high school level organization. There are many exposed solos and other sections and in various places, extreme ranges of instruments are realized. The arrangement imitates the sound achieved by a large church organ and this fact must be constantly in the conductor's mind. Changes in color, dynamics, style and articulation have all been written to resemble this organ sound. The two themes are stated in the opening by all instruments. They are simple but are greatly varied throughout the piece. As the rumbling sound at the beginning developes into the sad, plaintive sound at measure 15 one can immediately see that style changes are a definite part of this work. The climax at measure 319 is the focal point of the whole composition. As such, all thought must be given to arrive at this point with full force from the band. Immediately thereafter the answer is provided by a tranquil, simple yet demanding chorale. It is this chorale "What the Lord doth is done well,'' that explains musically what has just occurred. Strict stylistic traits of the Romantic era must be visualized.

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Department of Music

First Committee Member (Chair)

William Frank Wood

Second Committee Member

William M. Seymour

Third Committee Member

Harold William Van Winkle



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