Playing "Fantasia on Greensleeves" for Christmas has gotten me interested in hearing and studying other works for violin (or viola) that take a simple, beautiful, maybe well-known theme and do something creative with it. It seems to have been a technique that Vaughan Williams applied to wonderful effect.
His Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Copland's Appalachian Spring both come to mind as orchestral works. But what about for a solo instrument?
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