Willow Variations’ are a set of variations on the Polish folksong ‘Wierzba’. The theme itself is given in its simple form and has a haunting beauty. In the piece proper it is harmonized alla Ponce’s Folias in a chromatic style almost a variation in itself. Thereafter each variation is composed in the style of a different composer. Variation 1 is ‘A la Grieg,’ 2 is ‘A la Debussy,’ 3 ‘A la Chopin’,4 ‘A la Gershwin’ and finally ‘Fantasia a la Weiss’ . . . Attractive and well written.” Phillip Thorne, Classical Guitar
“ . . . The five variations pay homage to composers of the past . . . In each case, the theme appears dressed in a harmonic language reminiscent of the composer in question, and the treatment ingeniously suggests a well-known work by that composer. The Weiss variation, for instance, builds upon the similarity between the given theme and the subject of Weiss’ “Fuga in d.” With its variety of musical styles, its tributes to noted composers and its skillful composition, this work is extremely pleasing. The piece suits the instrument well . . . the edition is clean and attractive.” David Grimes Soundboard
Willow Variations On the Polish Folk Song Wierzba. (In memoriam Edmund Jurkowski.) Hungarian guitarist and composer Jószef Eötvös was a prize winner in many important guitar competitions in Eastern Europe. He studied at the Budapest Conservatory with Éva Morvay and at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar with Roland Zimmer.