symphonic variations

Harry Freedman
Composition Date: 1967
Revision Date: 1967
Duration: 00:16:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 3 x Flute
  • 3 x Oboe
  • 3 x Clarinet
  • 3 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 3 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:

Harry Freedman

Tangents , 1967

Commission: Canadian National Youth Orchestra Association with the collaboration of the Canadian Music Centre and a grant from the Centennial Commission

“These variations do not start off with an identifiable theme, but with two different series: the first, a dodecaphonic series, and the second a numerical series based on the numbers 2 and 3. The twelve-tone series is used only to determine the choice and grouping of notes, and everything else in the composition flows from the numerical series. None of the variations constitutes an entity in itself; but the tempo and spirit of the music groups them in three different movements which can be played without pause.”

Premiere Information:
National Youth Orchestra, Brian Priestman, conductor, Montréal, July 21, 1967


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 F853ta
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 9, 1989
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (82 p.) ;
    82 Pages
    Height: 38 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 145
    33 parts ([145] p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Ms. (photocopy); transparencies of score and parts and original of miniature score in CMC Toronto.
    Commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra Association of Canada through the Centennial Commission for premiere in 1967.
    Duration: ca. 16:00
    3(picc)3Eng horn3bass cl3cbsn/4331/timp, 3 perc, harp/strings.
    National Youth Orchestra Association of Canada
    National Youth Orchestra Association of Canada
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