Farrington - Mozart Variations
‘Mozart Variations’ is a short virtuosic set of variations for piano. The theme is ‘Non piu andrai’, from Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, in which Figaro tells Cherubino that he will no longer be chasing girls, but will be joining the army, marching to victory. The variations are heard as one continuous piece, and exploit the threatening military nature of the aria. Composed at the outbreak of the Iraq war in 2003, the work follows a path from playfulness to swaggering arrogance, through distant fanfares to violence and aggression, culminating in tolling bells and a hollow victory march.