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Viñao's "Khan Variations" performed by Ian Rosenbaum

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Published on Feb 22, 2011

Vic Firth artist Ian Rosenbaum performs Alejandro Viñao's "Khan Variations" (2001) for solo marimba. For more information, please visit http://www.vicfirth.com/artists/rosen...

The Kahn Variations are a set of 8 rhythmic variations based on a traditional theme from Qawwali music as sang by Ali Kahn. The basic pulse and 'feel' of the music has lingered in my mind ever since I first heard the recording in the early 90's. I developed each of the 8 variations -which are played as a continuous piece- exploring a different rhythmic and melodic aspect of the original theme. However, from the harmonic point of view the piece is rather static, respecting the lack or harmony -in the western sense- of the original traditional theme. Visit the composer's website at http://www.vinao.com

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