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Variations over Five Centuries

Mark de Gooijer

I am not quite a composer myself, which does not mean, however. that I never gave it a go.

One of the occasions for it was a second grade examination for the School of Music. On this level, an own composition was compulsory. So I started work with guitar, pencil and score paper.

The result was my only composition until today, a theme with variations. Not with the usual technical tricks but in time, style periods. There is a variation for Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic Era and "Contemporary".

I must admit that I did not knew anything about musical and composition theory with this composition attempt.

Nevertheless the comittee considered it a nice piece of work which positively contributed to the final result: Passed!