Baroque Variants is a string orchestra piece
that draws upon the stylings of J.S. Bach, but sets these features to
modal harmonies and modern rhythms. The motif of the piece comes from
Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. However, while Bach starts his motif with an anacrusis (pick-up), in Baroque Variants
this rhythmic idea begins on the beat and is the first thing heard.
There is a fugal exposition in the middle of the piece (m. 25) that pays
homage to Bach's wonderful counterpoint. The piece then moves into a
challenging string quartet texture in m. 48 and comes back with a flurry
to end on the original Brandenburg motif. Includes conductor's score and parts.