Rossini- Introduction, Theme and Variations

I have fond memories of performing this piece with Alessandro Siciliani (It doesn't get any more Italian than that!) and the Columbus Symphony in 1995. The audience seemed to like it, too.

This recording was on cassette tape, so the sound wobbles a bit at times.

I had fun writing my own cadenza, in which I quote from the end of Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 2. The sextuplet riffs seemed to fit with this showoff piece. It was not uncommon to quote contemporary composers music in cadenzas. Weber wrote his Op. 74 in 1811, and I believe the Rossini was written in 1812. (There is a different piece for clarinet by Rossini called Variations which was written in 1809. I welcome clarifications from readers if they can comment on this history)

To prepare for this musically, I listened to Maria Callas and other opera singers. One recording which deeply influenced me was a late live recital, 6/29.1969 by Elizabeth Schwarzkopf with Aldo Ciccolini. Though her voice was aging, the depth of music making was evident. She took musical chances I do not hear in her earlier recordings. No Rossini on the program: Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Mozart, and more romantic composers.

The theme and variations are in Bb, but the introduction is in Eb. I've seen programs that list is either way.

Giacomo Rossini, Introduction, Theme and Variations

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11 comments for “Rossini- Introduction, Theme and Variations

  1. Slavko Popovic
    August 24, 2011 at

    This is fantastic!! Your playing is so vocal here!

  2. January 13, 2011 at

    Hi David,

    We’ve just been doing some research and it looks like the piece for Clarinet and Orchestra is from 1809. 1812 is the date of the chamber piece called “Andante, Theme and Variations” for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon.

    Hope this helps!

    • January 14, 2011 at

      Good to know. Thanks for the clarification.

  3. Laney
    May 12, 2010 at

    Why do you think this piece is written in 1812?

    • May 13, 2010 at

      Hi Laney, I'm not sure now where I got that date. I'll let you know if I find/remember my source!

  4. Sergio Reyes
    April 11, 2010 at

    where I can download or buy Rossini´s piece?
    great recording!

    • April 11, 2010 at

      Hi. Thanks. Do you mean the music or the recording?

      — Sent from my Palm Pre

      • Sergio Reyes
        April 14, 2010 at

        the music ,,, score and orchestral parts.. thanks for the answer…

      • April 14, 2010 at

        I'll check with my music librarian and let you know.

      • Sergio Reyes
        April 16, 2010 at

        please please,,, I have to play the Rossini whit my orchestra… and our library, is not a big library….. I´m from Guatemala…
        I will apreceate so much!!

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