Sinfonietta No 2
Commissioned by the
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and first performed by them on the 6th
1 Overture: Vivace
A bustling opening movement
in sonata form. After an introduction in which a syncopated theme is tossed
around the band, the first subject proper gives way to a more legato second
theme. A scherzando bridge passage leads to the recapitulation.
2 Serenade: Lento
A short introduction leads
to a sonorous theme from the middle of the band. A slightly more rhythmic
central 5/8 section leads to a short cadenza-like duet for two alto saxes which
re-introduces the opening of the movement.
3 Finale: Molto Vivace
A fast and furious finale, which fails to settle long enough for a real theme to develop as motivic ideas are thrown from player to player. Eventually a violently syncopated tune emerges from the middle of the band but this is interrupted by a reflective interlude. In time the faster music returns and the movement hurtles to a close.