E. J. Moeran: Sinfonietta
Allegro con brio
Tema con variazoni
The Sinfonietta, dedicated to Arthur Bliss, was composed largely in Radnorshire in 1944, both in the studio Moeran made in the house at Kington which had been his father's retirement home (until his death in 1943) and during walks over the surrounding Welsh hills.
This is a new-classical work in its scoring, using only two horns, two trumpets and no trombones. The music especially in the outer movements, is charged with tremendous rhythmic energy (a hint of Portsmouth Point at the start of the final Allegro?), the sense of urgency being increased by a harmonic idiom which leans towards the bitonal. But the lyrical Celtic strains of Moeran's musical personality are never far away, (witness the rich, folklike character of the second subject of the opening Allegro and the long melodic threads woven in the variations of the second movement).
© Robert Gower