Toccata and Passacaglia
for orchestra

Maya Badian
Maya Badian
Composition Date: 1982
Revision Date: 1984
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
TOCCATA AND PASSACAGLIA for Orchestra presents my homage to two of the major Western musical forms, transmuted in accordance with the requirements of this work.

Toccata, the first movement, is based on the first seven overtones from the rising series of the natural resonance on C. These seven overtones, first suggested by percussion instruments, become the rhythmic-dynamic motive, extended over the main of the sound parameters (pitch, duration, dynamics, timbre), generating the entire Toccata.

Passacaglia, the second movement, is based on continuous variations over my original ground bass.

Premiere Information:
1983, Sibiu, Romania
Sibiu State Philharmonic Orchestra; Peter Oshanitzky, conductor


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 B136to
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 20, 1992
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    54 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Ms (photocopy); manuscript deposited in the Fonds Maya-Badian MUS 228, Music Division, Library and Archives Canada.
    Orchestra material available on rental from Lucian Badian Editions.
    1(picc)110/1111/timp, perc(3)/strings.
    Suitable for youth & community orchestras.
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