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The Ode was written early in 1980 as a tribute for Peter Pears’s 70th birthday in June of that year. It is a serenade-like piece and plays continuously, though falling into three main movements with an epilogue.
The first movement (andante) twice alternates flowing strings with pastoral winds; then turns through running figures to a dark and troubled return of the opening, rising at its climax to a vision of the ‘Sick Rose’ of Britten and Blake. The next movement is adagio, at first calm, later impassioned. Then follows a scherzo, very fast and empty until it suddenly froths up and fills out at the end. The epilogue returns to the first movement (untroubled version) and winds down into a horn-motif, also out of Britten/Pears, from which the whole work has, closely or loosely, derived.
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