Six Emotions

Marco Lucchi has offered a number of piano patterns to remix. I wrote “A Book Of Disquiet” in response to the first of the patterns.

I decided to work on a second pattern, selecting piano patterns #5. I decided that the “remix” in this case should be a set of variations.

My approach was to break his piece into numerous sections, then write a set of variations that each had some basis of origin relating to the section. I asked him to provide me with a set of emotional characteristics he experiences in various circumstances. I suggested that for myself “inquisitive, clueless, caring, wacky, irritated, and calm” might apply.

He offered ten emotions and I selected six, “deep, unfaithful, creative, susceptible, slow, intuitive, and selfish.” Each of the six sections of the piece addresses one emotion.

The idea came to me from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, where each section referenced a person he knew. We do not know the actual piece of music on which the variations were based, and in that spirit I am not sharing the aspect within Marco’s piece I was working the variation upon. Hopefully, this will simply be an interesting 20 or so minutes out of your day.

Six Emotions was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Chorus, Triangle, Bowed Vibraphone, Cymbals, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.

The score is available at

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