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The first movement, subtitled 'Waltz memories', was inspired by a visit to a care home. The residents sat in a semicircle around the room, mostly half asleep. Then some musicians arrived and after a while the residents sprang to life and danced, just like they had done 40 years ago. It was astonishing to witness the power of music!
The second movement, 'Racing', is fast and energetic; whether it’s the same residents of the care home remembering how they raced their bicycles through the mountains or if it’s some other kind of race, I will leave to you.
The third movement 'Lament with variations' begins with a slow lament, and if the variations are much faster and brighter in character, the lament is never far away. In fact it recurs after the cadenza and after some more variations, it finishes the movement.
from notes by Christopher Gunning © 2020
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