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Joan of Arc Variations is not a literal or biographical narrative of the 'Maid of Orléans'. It is, however, inspired by the spirit of a strong female protagonist, warrior-like and driven by divine purpose. The opening C minor theme, in the style of a battlefield march, is the subject of numerous contextual transformations and varying characterizations. This work is a tribute to courageous women, past and present, who, with the backbone of Jeanne d'Arc, have faced extraordinary challenges. The names of many brave women spring to mind. A small sample is cited here: 18th-century writer, Mary Wollstonecraft; Susan B. Anthony and the suffragists; Rosa Parks; Helen Keller; and modern-day heroine, Malala Yousafzai.


Commissioned by Musica Viva and premiered by Tamara Anna Cislowska and the Orava Quartet at the Huntington Estate Music Festival 2016 in Australia.

Joan of Arc Variations (for piano quintet)

  • PDF file includes full score for piano quintet, plus violin 1, violin 2, viola, and cello parts. Advanced level. Duration 13 minutes. Total 57 pages. NB. All PDF or ZIP downloads are sent to the email address linked to the PayPal account used for purchase.

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