Movement 1: Entrata: Allegro
Movement 2: Tempo ordinario d'un menuetto
Movement 3: Allegro molto
Movement 4: Andante con variazioni
Movement 5: Allegro scherzando e vivace
Movement 6: Adagio – Allegro vivace e disinvolto – Presto
Following tradition, the next movement is a galant minuet with two trios, the first for violin and viola alone, the second a skittering flute solo with a mandolin-style accompaniment. A mock-splenetic D minor Allegro molto leads to the Serenade’s centrepiece, a set of variations on a theme announced by the strings in double stopping to create a quartet texture. The three variations spotlight each of the instruments in succession, first flute (who turns the meditative theme into a frolic), then violin (with skipping triplets) and finally viola. After a frisky scherzo with a gliding, contrapuntal D minor trio, a brief Adagio acts as an introduction to the final rondo, a faintly rustic contredanse with a main theme characterized by piquant ‘Scotch Snap’ rhythms.
from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2006