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The first Fragment is a pastorale for the wind-section and harp, the second is a march for wind and brass and double-basses, while the third (the longest and most important of the five) is a rapt and timeless slow movement for strings and harp, strongly reminiscent of the Siberian spaces in the last act of Lady Macbeth. The fourth Fragment, within the mysterious frame of two horn-notes, is a bitter little canon for bassoon (in B flat major), clarinet (in B major) and oboe (in C major); this is unexpectedly brought to an end by a wispy snatch of the string music from the previous movement. The fifth and last Fragment is a grotesque, almost Stravinskian, waltz for violin solo; accompanied by a side-drum and solo double-bass; a flute, clarinet and bass clarinet briefly interrupt, but fail to stop the sardonic trio from playing on.
from notes by Gerard McBurney © 2004
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