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JRB Variations

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THEME—Rolling Folk Rock Feel
VAR. 1—Appassionato
VAR. 2—Andante, flowing
VAR. 3—With wild energy
VAR. 4—Brutal, for John Mackey
VAR. 5—Satie-Andante, for Amelia Newman
VAR. 6—Animato
VAR. 7—With no meter—Andante Pastorale, for John Corigliano
VAR. 8—Bill Evans Ballad-Tempo
VAR. 9—Largo, Spacious, for Steven Bryant
VAR. 10—Bach-Adagio, for Nadège Foofat
VAR. 11—Tenderly, for Joel Puckett
VAR. 12—Manhattan Gates
VAR. 13—Vicious Blues, for Amanda Harberg
VAR. 14—Finale, Allegro Maestoso, for Jason Robert Brown

In fourteen variations on a musical theater song by Broadway phenom Jason Robert Brown, “JRB”‘s brilliant 11 o’clock number varies not only in typical concert variation manipulations, but also in harmonic language and musical styles—with a few variations designed as nods to the specific compositional styles of close friends—or to unique characteristics of my very musical family.

For JRB-fans like me, ‘It all fades away but you.’

Genres:   New WorksSolo

Subgenres:   Chamber

Commissioned by

Blair McMillen


March 1, 2022, Blair McMillen, Provo, UT

Recent Performances

  • August 11, 2023 - Blair McMillen at Bargemusic, Brooklyn NY.
  • November 13, 2022 - Alexander Bernstein at Armstrong Concert Hall, Winchester, VA. Shenandoah Conservatory, World of the Piano
  • March 1, 2022 - Blair McMillen | WORLD PREMIERE at Madsen Recital Hall, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. World Premiere of new concert variations on a theme by Jason Robert Brown.