Variations for orchestra (final movement of Symphony no.2 "Sinfonia Canadensis")
2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo)
2 oboes (2nd doubling english horn)
2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet)
3 trumpets in C
3 trombones (2 tenor, 1 bass)
1 percussionist (glockenspiel, xylophone, bass drum)
Strings (1st and 2nd violins, violas, celli, contrabasses)
all instruments GPO, played through Aria Player, as performed entirely from within Finale 2012b.
theme - rapid scales, and arpeggio figures are the theme. the material loosely outlines a 12-note tone row.
1st variation - "Tundra", rocky, dry, angular
2nd variation - "Little Paws", scurrying woodwinds and strings over pizzicato celli and basses
3rd variation - "The Great Whale", rapidly flowing strings accompany a grand "choral" in the brass, then in full orchestra.
4th variation - "Inuksuk", tender presentation of the theme in woodwinds and strings, then more dramatic restatement in divided strings alone, brief reprise of the "Whale" music in the character of the 4th variation.
5th variation - "The North Wind", bass drum rolls and timpani hits introduce the frigid arctic wind, woodwind flourishes, brass fanfares, and trombone glissandi, before the theme gets picked up as a constantly modulating phrase rising to a tumultuous climax...held note in the oboe links to the final variation..
6th variation: "Sunrise / Spring", soft woodwind phrases, echo each other, as nature awakens. gradual crescendo of the theme reduced to its component elements.
the actual thematic elements are a bit more arcane than described here... for example, the theme as stated in the final variation is actually a countersubject to the actual theme, as presented in the 4th variation. There's also a lot of musical symbolism, where particular thematic fragments have specific meaning. There are echoes from previous movements of the entire symphony, again, where themes have distinct meanings.
yeah, I admit this is a relatively tonal and traditional work. In a sense, it is my answer to works like "Grand Canyon Suite", but obviously, describing my own country.