The character of the opening movement, "Allegro," is determined by the sonata form with two themes. In the course of its development, the first theme takes on a jazz-like diction. In contrast, the second theme has the character of a ländler (folk dance in 3/4 time). As the movement continues, interactions and contrasts between the two themes create charming moments. The second movement, "Sostenuto," has the form of an arch. Above a pedal-point, the melodic material of the movement is presented. In "Arioso," chorale-like episodes alternate with recitative-like insertions. At the medial section of the movement, the Gregorian hymn "Veni creator spiritus" is heard---played by the saxophone. A substantially reduced reprise closes the movement in extreme pianissimo. The final movement, "Presto," with its variable metrical structure, has a rondo-like character. Three different musical ideas emerge and are tossed together into a colourful mixture. A terse Stretta concludes this playfully virtuoso movement. Arranged for E-flat alto saxophone and piano.
Titles: Allegro * Sostenuto * Presto.