The Variations on "Scarborough Fair" was commissioned by Corrado Cavalli (organist in Chicago) and written in 2017. Is a long set of concert variations wtitten in different styles. The beautiful melody of "Scarborough Fair" is a traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough.
The song relates the tale of a young man who instructs the listener to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that if she completes these tasks he will take her back. Often the song is sung as a duet, with the woman then giving her lover a series of equally impossible tasks, promising to give him his seamless shirt once he has finished. The melody is in Dorian mode, and is very typical of the middle English period.
The piece starts with an introduction followed by ten variations:
Var. I Organum
Var. II Canone
Var. III Meditation
Var. IV Fanfare from Tudor Times
Var. V Ostinato
Var. VI Pedal Solo
Var. VII Ecstatic Adagio
Var. VIII Allegro
Var. IX Medieval Canzona
Var. X Finale: Toccata I & Toccata II