Piano – Circus Variations

Duration:               7 minutes
Year:                         2011

Complete Performance:


Program Notes:

    When one thinks of the term “Circus”, it can be associated with a travelling company of entertainers with trained animals (à la cirque du soleil), or a frenetic and disorganized display of disturbing nature. The variations are similar to the former definition, in that it serves to embody the kaleidoscopic nature of a performing troupe, as the performer takes on different roles according to the mood of the variation.  The theme for the piece comes from another work I wrote when I was 14, and from there, I wrote 12 variations in a variety of styles.

Performance History:

  • April 1st, 2011, Chris Morano @ the Roy Barnett Recital Hall, UBC Vancouver, Canada
  • March 27th, 2011, Chris Morano @ the Western Front, Vancouver, Canada


  • Finalist, Birmingham (AL) New Music Festival Call for Scores 2014