For his final DMA lecture-recital on December 1, 2014, at the Butler School of Music, Jun Seo (MM ’11, DMA ’14) composed and performed a original set of Theme and Variations for Solo Cello. About his new composition, Jun writes:

“I wrote this theme and variations for solo cello to use it as a pedagogical tool. In order to aid future cellists with their technical study, this theme and variations guides a player’s technique from the basic skill of sound production through advanced techniques such as string crossings, chords, octaves, pizzicato, clear bow articulation, ponticello and artificial harmonics. The concept of the theme and variation form is to build upon one simple idea or melody in an improvisational manner. For inspiration, I studied several theme and variations of Beethoven, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Martinu and Paganini.”

The sheet music to Jun’s Theme and Variations for Solo Cello is available for download here.