Chandler Travis Philharmonic

February 2, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Doors open at 7pm
$15 adv and $18 at the door

Must be 21+

Chandler Travis Philharmonic perform selections from “Ivan Variations”

Of course the idea of The Ivan Variations is not an idea but the thing itself, a singular thing borne of plurality. Such variety! The changes in rhythm, instrumentation, and dynamics; the modal or scalar shifts from the Lydian to the Dorian to the Hungarian Minor and Hungarian Major; the genre-jumping and backward or upside down score-reading—such variety reveals the essential and unique noumenon, the songness, if you will, of the song.

Finally, one thinks inevitably of the Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, of Sir Edward Elgar, the famous “Enigma Variations.” As the composer himself said, the enigma is that “the principal Theme never appears”; rather, it is implied contrapuntally. This cannot be said of the present work, which, contra-contrapuntally, repeats the theme over and over. This is the enigma of the non-enigma.