Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Rondo brillante: Allegro con spirito
The Andante, again in the key of the flattened sixth (B major), uses a concise sonata form, with both first and second subjects led by the soloist; when the first subject returns it is in an ornate variation. The final Allegro con spirito is also in sonata form. After a sixteen-bar introduction the piano solo brings in the main theme, which strongly suggests the galop, a dance fashionable in Victorian ballrooms and exploited by many composers including Liszt. Four bars of dotted rhythms in the orchestra are answered by the piano in even phrases. After a tutti and a second subject, with an attractive diversion in G flat major, the ‘let ’er rip’ build-up begins in Rossinian fashion. Soon the tonality shifts to D flat major, where the galop theme re-enters. As in the opening movement, the long dominant preparation leads to the second subject; and an enigmatic series of modulations delays the final wind-up.
from notes by Nicholas Temperley © 2009