Variations and fugue on a theme of Henry Purcell for speaker and orchestra or orchestra alone op. 34
First performance 15 Oct 1946 Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Dr Malcolm Sargent cond.
Text Optional text by Eric Crozier 1914-1994
Dedication `This work is affectionately inscribed to the children of John and Jean Maud Humphrey Pamela Caroline and Virginia for their edification and entertainment`
The music was originally composed for a film `Instruments of the orchestra`
As a concert work the piece may be performed with or without the commentary.
The theme is the Rondeau from Purcell`s Abdelazer or the Moor`s revenge Z 570/2.