SMC S685CB/ HL 3778061
COVENTRY VARIANT is based on the "Coventry Carol", a 14th-century English nativity carol. From the beginning fanfare, the work celebrates the carol's message of hope and the triumph of good over evil. It is written in a continuous three-section form: I. a brief introductory "maestoso" statement with a motivic transformation of the carol in a fast tempo making use of asymmetrical meter relationships, giving a dance-like character. II. Slower and more lyrical in nature. III. A return to the material from the opening section, with alterations which lead to the final triumphal statement of the carol as one layer of multiple rhythmic strata. A return of the opening fanfare followed by a brief presto brings the work to its conclusion.