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"Aspiration to creativity must be encouraged, however naive and unpolished the results."
"Putting it all together" is a feature of each chapter of this book. Although you need to learn about the micro elements of music to be able to grasp the language, it is also helpful to reinforce those elements by introducing them within the context of real music.
The piece Variations on a Russian Folk Song is an example of theme and variations (see Figure 1-16 below). When composers write a piece of music, they often organize their ideas into various different specific frameworks called "forms." In a theme and variations piece, the composer either writes, or more often borrows, a main idea, called the "theme," and then manipulates the ideas from that theme in different ways to create the variations of the original theme.
We've listed the different terms and devices in the theme and portions of the variations of the theme. See how many you can identify and label before looking at the explanations in the "Terms and Devices" section. You may also want to listen to the theme and each of the variations. What ideas did the composer keep the same, and what ideas did he change? What elements are used in one variation that don't occur in another?
Figure 1.16. Variations on a Russian Folk Song - Dimitri Kabalesky. An example showing many of the concepts described in this chapter