Movement 1: Vivace
Movement 2: Grave
Movement 3: Allegro
The gentle Grave has some lyrical effects as, for example, the limpid dotted quaver motif in which the three melody instruments enter in imitation; but the opening melodic statement, in crotchets, is also attractive, with opportunities for embellishment. The Allegro finale, in binary form, begins with a lively unison motif in the three upper instrumental parts, followed at one bar’s interval by the bass. This is a forward-looking movement which brings the quartet to a vigorous conclusion.
from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002