I thought it might be interesting to write a 'group piece" - where we all write a variation on a theme presented.
Regarding the theme: Anyone can submit a theme as the subject. I think it should be at least 16 bars long. It should start on any beat of the measure except the first.. If it is sensed as an upbeat, the next measure would be considered the first of the next 16 written. It can be in any time signature. There should be no indication of key signature, so that there is not an immediate harmonic bias - (at least at first glance). There should be no tempo or dynamic indications...
Once the theme is chosen (by vote), we can get started with the variations to that theme.
Regarding the Variations: if one wanted to employ various devices to the theme- inverted, or retrograde, --etc. that can be allowed. Mostly, i would say, work with the shape of the theme as you would with any raw material… Also - the melodic line can be transposed anywhere. Passing tones are allowed.
Also, there can be any time signature applied to the theme, with rhythmic expansion/contraction employed as one sees fit.
How much Freedom afforded within these parameters is up to each composer.
I believe these parameters would allow for interesting possibilities - with great variation.
If 2 or more are submitted, perhaps we can vote on them… OR even starting another thread with other themes to be tried.
What do you guys think?
Here is one possible theme i just wrote:
(the D# - first measure, 2nd stanza, should be a half note; not dotted)
I think that this theme allows for a wide interpretation of harmonic possibilities, and can accommodate various stylistic tendencies.
I hope you like it.