Year of composition
Without interruption and in one movement, the work begins with a slow chorale. The saxophone presents the first lyrical theme under a clarinet counterpoint. After a brief development and reexposition of the theme more brilliantly orchestrated, a burlesque Allegretto follows in which the oboe introduces a second theme. The bassoon develops it in a vibrant Presto of great instrumental virtuosity. After a central part, rhythmically more relaxed and expressive, a reexposition of the Presto leads up to a peak of tension and a stop. A timid memory of the first theme is then presented by the saxophone which leads to a very rapid and fugacious Coda.
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