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Theme and Variations (Cathy's Variations)
Instrumentation: piano
Composer:  Hamelin, Marc-André
Composition Date: 2007
 
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"The Theme and Variations is purely the work of a man in love, and it was inspired by my fiancée Cathy Fuller, my true soulmate, who fascinates me more with each passing day. As a matter of fact, the theme is meant to be a portrait of her, something that I'd never had the idea of attempting before. I will always remember the day I first played this piece for her as one of the happiest in my life.

Save perhaps for the slightly naughty inclusion of a meaningful French folksong somewhere in the texture during the coda, there are no motivic allusions or musical codes à la Robert and Clara. The music is as pure and loving as I knew how to make it, though in the instance of variation 3, the composer-pianist in me couldn't resist welding the theme to an extended passage from the last movement of Beethoven's Sonata in E Major Opus 109, one of Cathy's favorite pieces, by the one composer she could never do without." (Marc-André Hamelin)

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Theme and Variations (Cathy
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