The phrase “im alten style” (in the old style) appears at the beginning of this score and aptly describes the neo-baroque flavour of the piece. The typically baroque “Allegro” rhythmic figures and slower, ornamented lines are composed with simple functional harmonies. These sections are contrasted with more dissonant music which is written in the harmonic language of late 19th century German chromaticism and features some very virtuostic flute passages. The work returns to its opening musical idea and ends with a very simple baroque cadence.
- Amy Hamilton