Theme and variations are really interesting! If you saw the post on making your own arrangement, a theme and variation is kind of like that, except the original version and the new version are both a part of the same piece. Here’s the dictionary definition:
Theme and Variation
“Theme and variation is a specific kind of form in music. The form of a piece of music tells you how the music is organized. With a theme and variation, the piece begins with a theme that is the main melody. That is followed by one or more variations of that melody. A variation is music that is similar to the theme but is also different enough that it does not repeat the melody exactly.” – http://study.com/academy/lesson/theme-variation-in-music-definition-form-examples.htm
Check out the lesson video in the link above for more information and a quiz 🙂
Also, here is another example of a famous theme and variation:
Does that melody sound familiar? Can you hear that familiar song woven through each variation?
Try making up your own variation! And if you do, send it to me and I’ll post it on the blog!