Explore: theme and variations
Since the 16th century, the Theme and Variations has been a form type unto its own, used for standalone works as well as for individual movements in chamber compositions, keyboard sonatas and symphonies. Melody, harmony, rhythm – everything is adaptable in a set of variations and yet, the theme must remain as a constant presence in the listener's ear. From Bach to Beethoven, Elgar to Schoenberg, composers have explored the art of Theme and Variations to demonstrate skill as well as inventiveness. Dive deep into this rich, versatile musical form!