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Theme and Variation is a short, two-part work. The first section comprises statements of the theme in both flute and piano. The second section (variation) leaps into a new tonality, with a faster tempo, invigorating the once-placid theme.
This music was composed in 1979, when Gwyneth Walker was on the faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory. Students at the Conservatory premiered the work.
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