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Concertino for piano and string orchestra in E major

composer

 
The great tragedy in Milford’s life, from which he never really recovered, came in 1941 when his six-year-old son Barnaby was killed in an accident. Milford continued to compose, works including the Elegiac Meditation for viola and strings, the music now seeming to have a darker and more wistful tone. This was followed by what is perhaps his best-known orchestral work, Fishing by Moonlight for piano and strings (1952, published in 1958), to which this Concertino is a companion piece.

The Concertino dates from 1955 and is in three movements: a genial ‘Allegro moderato’, a characteristic Romanza (‘Poco adagio’), and an effervescent Rondo (‘Vivace’) finale, the theme given out in running octaves interrupted towards the end by a ‘Poco adagio’ interlude which provides a characteristic reflective moment before the rush to the throw-away end. It is in the Romanza that we find one of Milford’s most characteristic moments, a delightful tune in 12/8 first announced by the piano and then sung by the strings. Yet below its quiet surface there lurks a passionate vision, the fifth bar being marked ‘appassionato’ as the piano right-hand octaves rise above the stave. Later the movement rises to a warmly sonorous climax with the return of the opening theme, now richly harmonised.

from notes by Lewis Foreman 2002

Recordings

Peacock Pie
CDA67316Archive Service

Details

Movement 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 2: Romanza: Poco adagio
Movement 3: Rondo: Vivace

Track-specific metadata for CDA67316 track 13

Rondo: Vivace
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-31613
Duration
2'42
Recording date
27 July 2001
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Peacock Pie (CDA67316)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: March 2002
    Deletion date: May 2010
    Archive Service
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