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Variants on Rachie

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Gerry wrote this solo for his son Chadwick in December 1994. There are two variations on the hymn tune Rachie presented in this solo. It begins with a lively, rhythmic variation around the first phrase of the song "Who is on the Lord's Side?" This first variation settles down into the second variation. This is a slower, more lyrical waltz presentation of the hymn. There is a brief cadenza played by the soloist, which is reminiscent(?) or perhaps just simply plagiarized from Erik Leidzen's Song of the Brother. After a slight interlude, there is a return to the first variation. This final variation, in G minor, transitions just before the ending to G major. It's over before you know it.

Chadwick played this at a solo competition while in 8th grade at Hendrick Middle School and received a "1" rating. He also played this at Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian, TX at The Salvation Army Music Conservatory in the summer of 1995. The first verse of the hymn asks: "Who is on the Lord's side? Who will serve the King?" The emphatic answer in the third verse goes: "By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine, We are on the Lord's side - Savior we are Thine!

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