I have been collaborating with a friend on another forum on a project centered on galant pedagogy. We came up with a simple structure that follows well known schema (illustrated below) and tasked ourselves to create a theme with variations. I have composed 4 variations.
The form is a minuet, with a standard 8 bar A section, with an expanded B section that accommodates the main theme before closing in the home key.
The schematic structure is as follows:
x2 Monte (IV-V)
The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate the flexibility of such schemas, and the opportunities that are presented by planning with a skeleton, such as the above. I have annotated the theme with the voice leading emphasized for each schema for clarity.
If anyone is interested in Galant Pedagogy and would like to learn more, please PM me.