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Variations on a Tune for Kaisa
for String Quartet

  1. Lullaby
  2. Variation 1
  3. Variation 2 - Fountains (Bubbling)
  4. Variation 3 - Triste (Slow)
  5. Variation 4 - Wild!
  6. Variation 5 - Funky
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Ann Arbor, Michigan - April 14, 2011)

Program Notes:

Variations on a Tune for Kaisa (2011) for String Quartet, was composed for Marian Tanau and the American-Romanian Festival's Fusion Project; it was premiered in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 18, 2011 at Tappan Middle School. The Fusion Project brings musicians, artists and composers to schools for demonstrations on how everyday objects and places can inspire the creation of new art and music, while encouraging the students to create their own art.

I have sung the lullaby tune, which provides the backbone of the piece, to my daughter Kaisa almost every day of her life. It's been used to comfort her at bed time, soothe boo boos, and even when a good laugh has been needed.

The set of variations were inspired by the photographer Donald Jones, whose photographs explore urban scenes, natural landscapes, and political activities around Southeast Michigan. A beautiful photograph of Jones' daughter led me to think of my own daughter and the tune that has provided a backdrop in her life. Other photographs by Jones provide the character for each movement. They include a snapshot of a child in a fountain, a carnival ride and a clown on his way home from work.


Fusion Project Performances:

Premiere: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.
Tappan Middle School (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.
Detroit School of Arts (Detroit, Michigan)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:30 a.m.
Jefferson Middle School (Monroe, Michigan)

Fusion Project String Quartet
Kim Kennedy, violin
Marian Tanau, violin
Jim VanValkenburg, viola
Una O'Riordan, cello
Don Jones, photographer
Supported in part by a MetLife Creative Connections Grant from Meet the Composer