The People United Will Never Be Defeated -Theme and Variations

This is a piece based on the Theme from Frederic Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated”, which is in turn a theme and variations on a Chilean political song “¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” by Sergio Ortega and Quilapayún. I used Rzewski’s theme as the basis for twelve variations. Each variation uses the harmony of a few measures of the theme. For example, the first variation is based on measures 1-4 of the piece. The second is based on 5 & 6, and the twelfth is based on measures 33-36. Think of it as one long trip through the theme, split into twelve variations. More information is available in a series of blog posts made over the past several months, linked to below the playlist.


Variation 1:

Variation 2:

Variation 3:

Variation 4:

Variation 5:

Variation 6:

Variation 7:

Variation 8:

Variation 9:

Variation 10:

Variation 11:

Variation 12:

Zipped MP3 files with playlist: download
More information on the individual variations and the tunings employed.