12 Variations in S-Mode (Armstrong, Peter McKenzie)

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Work Title 12 Variations in S-Mode
Alternative Title
Composer Armstrong, Peter McKenzie
Key Synthetic mode on C
Movements/Sections 15 short sections:
Intro
Theme
Vars. 1-12
Coda
Year/Date of Composition 1971
Dedication Ellen
Average Duration 3 minutes
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Piano solo


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COMPOSITION NOTES

This student work, written at Yale in 1971 for Alexander Goehr's seminar, was
my first experiment with synthetic modes. I built a heptatonic scale having two
augmented 2nds, keyboard symmetry, and a leading tone at the "wrong" end.
Respelled here for convenience:

C   C#   D#   E   G   G#   A   (C)   .

I decided to use as well, separately or in combination, its pentatonic compliment,

A#   B   D   F   Gb   .

Variations offered a likely compositional way to proceed, and Beethoven's 32
in C-Minor, which I was playing at the time, inspired a dare to make my theme
short.

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