for chamber orchestra
duration: 9 minutes
First performed by Welsh Sinfonia conducted by Mark Eager on 23 February 2018 at Wiltshire Music Centre
2 fl; 2 ob; 2 cl; 2 bsn
2 hn; 2 tpt;
1 Allegro con brio
2 Adagio sostenuto: delicatissimamente
3 Allegro vivace
The opening section, Allegro con brio, is a reworking of the first movement, much compressed, of Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 in A major, Op. 92. Beethoven’s long ascending scales and low sustained pedal notes have been reorganised whilst the lively dance-like rhythms gain extra vibrancy through adopting Latin American colours.
The second movement, Adagio sostenuto: delicatissimamente, takes a few bars from the opening of Beethoven’s Piano sonata No 14 in C-sharp minor – the so-called “Moonlight” sonata. The celebrated quaver triplet motif is transformed into an interlocking pattern between woodwind instruments followed by a version for strings.
The final movement, Allegro vivace, is based on a few passages from Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture. Beginning with a quiet subterranean intensity, the music develops through sudden dramatic episodes; the unresolved harmony of the original driving it constantly forward in search of a sense of resolution.