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Eugene Zador

Studies for Orchestra

Year(s) composed1970
PublisherMCA/Universal
Instrumentation3(pic).2.2.2-4.3.3.1-pno.hp-5perc-str
Duration24'
MovementsI. Prelude (Allegretto) II. Slow Fantasy (Andantino) III. Capriccio (Allegro vivo) IV. Introduction & Scherzo (Moderato, Allegro) V. Potpourri (Moderato, Vivo) VI. Song (Allegretto) VII. Crescendo-Decrescendo (Moderato) VIII. Rhapsolia (Molto moderato, Allegretto, Vivace)
PremiereNovember 12, 1970; Detroit Symphony • Sixten Ehrling, conductor
Composer note

The work consists of eight short movements, each of which has a specific character.  The first, “Prelude”  (Allegretto), starts with a broad symphonic theme which is played at three different speeds; the second, “Slow Fantasy” (Andantino) is an elegiac essay, flavored by Hungarian folklore; the third is a gay Capriccio (Allegro vivo), played with pizzicato and collegno; the fourth a polyphonal “Introduction” and light “Scherzo” (Moderato, Allegro); the fifth a “Potpourri,” a piece of unusual variety (Moderato, Vivo); the sixth, “Song” (Allegretto) is a symphony jazz piece; the seventh, “Crescendo-Decrescendo (Moderato), starts with ppp, rises to fff, then, from bar 23, the whole piece is written note by note backward, as in a mirror, ending again in ppp.  The final movement is a “Rhapsolia” (Molto moderato, Allegretto, Vivace).

- Eugene Zador