Dennis Kam

Ditto Varianti

June 1973 ?/ Saturday, June 1, 1974   |   c. 16 min

For orchestra.

Ditto Varianti for orchestra (1974)

Ditto Varianti (1974) consists of six 13-measure modules. Modules and their subdivisions (groups of measures based on a Fibonacci series: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8) are systematically juxtaposed in the following manner:


2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl (Bb), bass cl, 2 bn – 4 hn, 2 trp (C), 2 tbn, bass tbn, tb – timp, vib, xyl, bells, snare drum, pf – strings

Image of table of modules

In general, each module has an identity which is distinct from other modules and which is maintained throughout the work. Since basic identities are maintained (fixed), repetition becomes a prominent aspect of the work. Change also has import, however. Changes in modules and subdivisions occur because of additions of orchestration, let along some transpositions, of musical material. Thus, the basic design of this work may be simply described as a consolidation of repetition and change.

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Dennis Kam