Carnival of Venice: Solo Cornet and Concert Band, Conductor Score by Del StaigersThe musical form theme and variations became popular as a cornet showpiece in the early 1900s. Simple themes or popular folk songs from a variety of cultures were used. The lyrical theme would be played, then a series of variations followed demonstrating the technical skill and virtuosity of the player. Often triple tonguing and/or range extremes were used as showoff devices. The most famous of these cornet theme and variations is the Carnival of Venice.
Carnival of Venice
Fantasie, theme & variations on the Carnival of Venice : cornet solo with piano accompaniment
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The " Carnival of Venice ", is based on a Neapolitan folk tune called "Oh Mama, Mama Cara"  and popularized by violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini, who wrote twenty variations on the original tune. In , he wrote to a friend, "The variations I've composed on the graceful Neapolitan ditty, 'Oh Mamma, Mama Cara,' outshine everything. I can't describe it. A series of theme and variations has been written for solo cornet , as "show off" pieces that contain virtuoso displays of double and triple tonguing , and fast tempos. Also Roger Bobo on Tuba Libera cd. Between and , German crossover violinist David Garrett gained wide recognition with the tune, playing variations of Paganini's variations in movies and with various orchestras and bands. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.