for Piano Solo
A virtuosic set of variations on a well known theme, exploiting the full range of technical possibilities of the piano. The theme for this set of Variations is Figaro's aria Non più andrai, at the end of Act One of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Figaro tells Cherubino that he will no longer be chasing girls, but will be joining the army, marching to victory. The variations are heard as one continuous piece, and exploit the threatening military nature of the aria. Composed at the outbreak of the Iraq war in 2003, the work follows a path from playfulness to swaggering arrogance, through distant fanfares to violence and aggression, culminating in tolling bells and a hollow victory march.
Available to purchase from Aria Editions here.
Premiered September 2003 - National Portrait Gallery, London
Duration: 5.5 mins
Listen to the work here:
Mozart Variations (5'30)
Recorded on the album Fiesta! here