Title
Orchestral Variations
For
orchestra
Scoring
2(=picc).1.corA.2(II=bcl).2-4.2.3.1-timp.perc(2):crot/glsp/t.bells/ xyl/bongos/conga dr/cowbell/cyms/tam-t/wdbl/BD/SD/TD-harp-strings
ARCO Number(s)
76
Category
Orchestral
Duration
14'
Premiere
  • Louisville, KY, March 5th, 1957 (The Louisville Orchestra, cond. Robert Whitney)
Commission Info
Robert Whitney and the Louisville Orchestra
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published
Year Orchestrated
1957
Buying Options
Boosey & Hawkes
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Program Note

One of Copland's favorite pieces was his early Piano Variations. Disappointed that the work was performed infrequently, he decided to transcribe the variations for orchestra in response to a commission from the Louisville Orchestra. He had thought about making the arrangement for a long time. "It was a unique challenge to think of this material in terms of orchestral color," Copland said.

Author
Vivian Perlis
Year
1998