Variations is a Classical/Rock fusion album by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber and younger brother Julian Lloyd Webber were always very close, but their two different careers (a rock musical composer and a classical cellist) meant that a collaboration seemed unlikely. It wasn’t until Julian beat his brother in a bet that Andrew was forced to write his cello work.
As his subject, Andrew chose the theme of Paganini’s 24th caprice and added 23 variations for cello and rock band. The work premiered at the 1977 Sydmonton Festival with rock band Colosseum II. It was subsequently rearranged and recorded in 1978. It reached number 2 in the album charts.
This book represents an arrangement for the solo pianist of selected variations on the theme of Paganini’s “A Minor Caprice.” Great care has been taken to be faithful to the original score. (“Variations” served as the music for the “Dance” half of the Broadway show “Song and Dance.”).