Based on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"
By Brian Beck
Alfred Concert Band
The grandeur and beauty of "Joyful Variations" takes the listener on a journey through one of the most famous melodies ever written---Beethoven’s theme from Symphony No. 9. Noble fanfares open and close these variations, set in ternary form, while sweeping renditions of the theme provide color and lyricism in a contrasting Adagio section. An excellent piece to open or close any concert!