Movement 01: Andante – Allegro – Allegro moderato
Movement 02: Variation 1: Allegro moderato
Movement 03: Variation 2: Un poco animato
Movement 04: Variation 3: Allegro animato
Movement 05: Variazione fugata
Movement 06: Alternativo: Allegretto scherzando – Variation 4 – Variation 5 – Variation 6
Movement 07: Variation 7
Movement 08: Adagio ma non troppo 'De profundis'
Movement 09: Allegro – Cadenza – Scherzando – Cadenza
Movement 10: Allegro con fuoco
Movement 11: earlier version of Variation 7
The ensuing cadenza in the earlier version is quite different, and leads to a brass chorale in B flat major—‘De Profundis’—a version of exactly the same theme that generated much of the Psaume instrumental. The chorale is repeated by flutes and clarinets before the piano leads the music into B minor (the same shift that it accomplished in the Psaume when the music moved from F major to F sharp minor), and then developed with much fantasy, and through a variety of distantly related harmonies until we stand again on the threshold of the D minor of the main body of the work. The coda of the later version is clearly derived from the Allegro which follows here, and the cadenza resembles the last cadenza in the later version, but beyond that there is no more music in this version which was carried over into the final one. Instead, we are offered a further variation on the second theme, albeit at a much faster tempo. The Dies irae returns and leads to a last cadenza before the final Allegro con fuoco combines the Dies irae and the De Profundis themes to close the work in shattering volumes of sound.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 1998