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Britten's Guide to the Orchestra

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1) What are the defining differences and similarities associated with the two musical forms of theme and variations and fugue?
2) How is theme presented in the different variations through the use of various instrument families vs. how it is used in the fugue section?

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This link should help you review the composition:

1. The work, as you know, is really two pieces in one. It is an introduction to the orchestral instrments and it is a formal theme and variations on a baroque theme by Henry Purcell. In detail, the theme is based on the Rondo from Purcell's Abdelazar. It is formal, chordal (i, iv, i, v, i) and is played by the individual sections of the orchestra showing how tone and timbre change with different ...

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Britten's Guide to the Orchestra is presented.