The sarabande is an ancient dance form in triple time, usually
slow and stately; there is a well-known example by Handel. Hellewell’s sarabande
is subtitled “Classical-Rock” Variations, but there are also other types of
musical variations, some of monumental stature.
The opening theme is of a gentle,
stately character spread over a wide compass of limpid arppegiated figures,
through which the main melody emerges - made possible by the superb resonance
of the modern concert grand piano. There are many variations, bridge passages
and extensions of differing character and dynamism ; some of these are entitled:
Limpid, light legato; Heavy Rock; Gently swinging; Rock bridge; Molto appassionato;
Landing approach; Latin bridge; Tenderly; Heavy jazz, and others.