Movement 1: Präludium: Sostenuto
Movement 2: Scherzo: Vivace
Movement 3: Andante con variazioni
The finale is an Andante con variazioni, founded on a lyrical and shapely twenty-five-bar theme. Each variation keeps to the same dimensions as the theme, which is treated to various species of decoration. In the tradition of Baroque ‘doubles’, each of the first three variations is apparently faster than the one before, since founded on progressively smaller note-values. With the fourth variation the tonality turns to the major and the theme is richly harmonized in double-stopping (which again reminds one of a group of horns), but it returns to the minor for the climactic fifth variation, a bravura display of virtuosity with emphatic pizzicato chordal punctuation, before a much foreshortened variant of the theme provides an expressive seven-bar coda.
from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008