Opus 1254

Variations on a Theme of Haydn (2017)

for Organ

Duration: 8 min.

Dedication: for Christoph Hintermüller

Commission: Commissioned by Christoph Hintermüller

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Variations on a Theme of Haydn (2017) was written for organist Christoph Hintermüller who asked for a work based on the national anthem of Germany. The anthem’s tune was written in 1797 by Joseph Haydn (1732–1809). (In English-speaking countries, Haydn’s tune is sung as the hymn AUSTRIAN HYMN, usually with John Newton’s text “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken.”)

The music consists of five contrasting variations plus a recapitulation of the opening variation. The first variation is broad and festive; the second variation is pastoral in character; the third has a scherzando character; the fourth is marked “hypnotic and atmospheric”; and the fifth is a “quasi-musette.” The first variation returns as a finale before a brief coda.