Merritts Hill Music

Merritts Hill Music

Variations on "Down on the Volga" for String Orchestra

I. Rae

Category: Strings

Duration: 9' 00"

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Variations on a theme from incidental music composed by Alexander Varmalov in 1832 for a play by A.A. Shakhovskoy about - you guessed it - a boatman. The theme itself has an intended folk feel but the first variations are in baroque style; thereafter we join the twentieth century with nods towards various Russian composers. Written for a youth orchestra, so not hard, but fun with a few serious moments.