Task 1 Themes and Variations

Main Theme

Variation 1

Variation 2

Variation 3

Variation 4

Variation 5

Variation 6



My objective was to create a theme then to create six variations focusing on rhythm and melody.

The composers approach you adopted:

The composer that inspired me was Danny Elfman. ‘The Batman” was a piece that used a simple theme, which would vary in rhythm and melody. At the start of the piece the brass introduction is a legato motif using Csharp, D, G then Fsharp. At 0.50’ it then changes to a staccato motif of the same melody line with the note durations shorter.  I made sure that rhythm was one of the main points for creating different variations with shortening and lengthening phrases, with re-arranging the notes in a manner to mask its original theme.

A MIDI/ sequencer technique you learnt:

A midi technique I used was using the piano roll’s velocity editor to create a more dynamic melody line.

A music technique you learnt through doing the task:

A main music technique practiced was the development of variations from a theme.

What did you learn through this task that is an example of practice as research?

For this task I wanted to focus on rhythm and I found through changing the duration of the melodic phrases I could construct variations that seemed different from one another exploring how I could make each variation contrasting.

What mark for this task would you award yourself and why?

For this task I would estimate the result to be a 65%. I feel through researching into different approaches of variations especially from Danny Elfman I could use apply these into this task ,the result hopefully showing my understanding.

Word count: 245


2 responses to “Task 1 Themes and Variations

  1. nice orchestral version at the end but you are still using chords to create variations that need to be purely melodic. The theme is good and your rhythmic vars are good, concentrate on the line, the horizontal, not the vertical, loose the harmony! loose the chords, dare to see your work bare !

  2. also0, make sure that you refer to specific instances of Elfman, which cue in which film, etc.

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