Aria and Allegro
|Subtitle||for strings and brass|
|Instrumentation||4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, strings (18.104.22.168.5)|
|Premiere||March 2, 1967; Los Angeles Philharmonic • Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, conductor|
Aria and Allegro is fundamentally a simple work, easily understood by musicians and laymen alike. I believe that the possibilities of tonal writing are still not exhausted. Instead of moving toward serialism, I try to create new interest with orchestral colors, without forswearing traditional music making. The combination of strings and brass has always attracted me. The brass is thematically integrated in the piece, not only giving rhythmic or dynamic accents, but also carrying the musical thoughts. In the Aria we hear a simple melody accompanied by a vertical combination of chords, which gives the harmonization an almost bitonal character. The Allegro is really a Rondo, in which the basic theme appears four times. Then, as a middle section, a slower scherzo theme follows in the strings, and the opening Rondo theme finally reappears, leading to a strongly stated finale by the full orchestra.
- Eugene Zador