Theme and Variations, Op.43 (Schoenberg, Arnold)

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Sallen112 (2014/7/25)

Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1943
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For Orchestra (Composer)

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Geniusboy98 (2015/8/20)

Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, 1944. Plate 42196.
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General Information

Work Title Theme and Variations
Alternative. Title Theme and Variations for Wind Band or Orchestra
Composer Schoenberg, Arnold
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.43a (Wind Band) ; Op.43b (Orchestra)
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 9 sections (theme, 7 variations, finale)
Theme: Poco allegro
1. Variation
2. Variation: Allegro molto
3. Variation: Poco adagio
4. Variation: Tempo di valse
5. Variation: Molto moderato
6. Variation: Allgero
7. Variation: Moderato
Finale: Moderato
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1943
First Performance. 1946-06-27 in New York (Op.43a)
Goldman Band, Richard Franko Goldman (conductor)

1944-08-20 in Boston, Mass., Symphony Hall (Op.43b)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sergey Koussevitzky (conductor)
First Publication. 1949 (Op.43a) - New York: Schirmer, Plate 40900c
1944 (Op.43b) - New York: Schirmer
Average DurationAvg. Duration 12 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Wind Band or Orchestra
  • Wind Band (original), Op.43a
    2 piccolos (D, C), 4 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons
    clarinet (E), 9 clarinets (B), alto clarinet (E), bass clarinet (B)
    2 alto saxophones (E), tenor saxophone (B), baritone saxophone (E)
    4 cornets (B), 4 trumpets (B), 2 flugelhorns (B), 4 horns (F),
    3 trombones, 2 baritone (T.C), 2 euphonium (B.C.), basses (tubas)
    double bass, percussion (4 players)
    bass drum, snare drum, cymbals (crash and suspended), gong (tam-tam),
    triangle, tambourine, xylophone, glockenspiel
  • Orchestra (arrangement), Op.43b
    3 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons
    4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
    timpani, percussion, strings
External Links
Wind Repertory Project (Op.43a)
Belmont Music
Schott Edition of Published Score
Extra Information Despite the frequent description as "versions", the orchestra setting is simply an arrangement of the original, there is no significant structural difference.