Veni Variationes: Variations on Salve Redemptor Gentium
for woodwind quintet (2017)
Commissioned by the Lyrique Quintette in 2017, “Veni Variationes” offers not only a set of variations on a tune (the Ambrosian chant, “Veni Redemptor gentium”) but also a variation on the very idea of variations. In the opening, the tune is presented in a straightforward manner which leads to variations of increasing complexity until there is nothing left of the tune itself, only its impressions on the mind. The work ends in a repeat of the straightforward presentation from the opening, with an abrupt surprise.
Variations on a Chanson