Free public domain sheet music from IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
||Double Variations for Piano Solo
|Year/Date of Composition
||1983-12-5 in New York, Carnegie Recital Hall. Claudia Stevens, piano
||9 1/2 minutes
||Vivian Fine website
- Composer’s program notes:
- The first five variations are transformations of the opening material. Beginning with the sixth variation a fragment from Carter’s Double Concerto is introduced. This is combined with the opening statement for the remaining seven variations.
- From Leslie Jones, “The Solo Piano Music of Vivian Fine,” Doctor of musical arts thesis, University of Cincinnatti, 1994:
- Double Variations marked the occasion of Elliot Carter’s seventy-fifth birthday. Pianist Claudia Stevens commissioned and premiered the work at Carnegie Recital Hall, December 5, 1983.
- Double Variations recalls the textural and metrical complexities of Carter’s writing and his affinity for interweaving contrapuntal lines. Carter’s String Quartet No. 1 (1951), with these characteristics in an atonal context, influenced Fine’s writing of Double Variations. She commented on the piece: “The two-theme format of Double Variations refers to Carter’s String Quartet. There is a dialogue element to Double Variations and it is extremely difficult. I’ve never played it.”
- ...[U]nusual meter, rhythms, pedaling, disjunct linear writing, exploitation of contrasting registers, harmonic construction, and variation format provide an enormous spectrum of textural contrasts and pianistic challenges; however, it is Fine’s manipulation of various pitch sets and groupings that provide the greatest cohesive factor in Double Variations.