Year of composition
The piece is conceived in three movements which can also be performed as three separate pieces: Overture, Berceuse and Tarantella. The overture follows a big Sonata form with all its thematic structure. Without being an atonal piece, it does not follow any traditional tonal plan in its sections: Exposition, Development and Re-exposition. At an Allegro tempo, the soloist maintains a varied dialogue with the accompaniment which, as in all my sonatas, often acquires a prominent role. A culminating point is achieved towards the end of the Development as well as in the brilliant Coda. The Berceuse is a very lyrical and expressive piece with a touch of melancholy, in which the oboe sings in all its registers, from the dark lower to the sweet higher register. The Tarantella, as its title points out, is a rapid, fun dance where the soloist displays his/her virtuoso abilities in the first theme, and the expressive qualities in the second theme. Before the Cadenza, and in order to let the soloist rest, the orchestra opens up an ample space of tension in the form of an interlude. A shorter and modified re-exposition of the two combined themes leads to a thrilling end.