Ochs, Variations

Siegfried Ochs (1858–1929)

Variations on a German Folksong

Modern edition by David Whitwell

Ochs studied music at the Royal School of Music in Berlin where he was a student of Joseph Joachim. He founded the Berlin Philharmonic Choir and specialized in the performance of early music. His Variations on a German Folksong, the children’s song, ‘Kommt ein Vogel geflogen,’ was first published for band and later arranged for orchestra and also for piano by Busoni. Each variation is in the style of a different composer, including Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Beethoven, Gounod, Meyerbeer, in the style of a Viennese Waltz and concluding in the style of a German Military March.

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This live performance was given on 12 October 1990, by the California State University, Northridge Wind Ensemble, David Whitwell, Conductor.

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