Variations on "This Land is Your Land"

"This Land is Your Land" is simultaneously a patriotic hymn for schoolchildren, a rallying cry for immigrants, and, in Woody Guthrie’s original version, a sardonic protest song. But the message remains the same: America belongs to everyone, regardless of race, religion, or nationality.

My variations aim to reflect the reality of America’s situation.

Each variation grows more distant from the theme and more violent in character, until giving way to a prayer for forgiveness. We are left wondering, “Whose land is this land?”


  • For violin and piano
  • Category: Chamber Music
  • Year Composed: 2019
  • Duration: 7'
  • Orchestration: vln/pf


  • 5 NOV 2019
  • Variations on "This Land is Your Land"
  • UCLA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Christian Gonzales, violin; Austin Ho, piano
  • 1 AUG 2019
  • Variations on "This Land is Your Land" - Premiere
  • Montecito Music Festival
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Luiz Paulo Friere, violin; Ji Hyun Ryu, piano