Stravinsky, Igor: Capriccio (1928-29,rev.1949) 17'

for piano and orchestra

3(III=picc).2.corA.3(II=Ebcl,III=bcl).2- quartet-strings
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Following the success of the Concerto for piano and winds, Stravinsky composed a second keyboard vehicle for himself with orchestra. On the heels of his Tchaikovsky ballet, The Fairy's Kiss, the Capriccio is as playful as the concerto was earnest: its toccata energy is tongue-in-cheek. The dancing, leaping piano part generates a music-hall ebullience. Stravinsky compared the second movement cadenza, with its cimbalom-like hammerings and scales, to "a kind of Rumanian restaurant music." However fortuitously, the Capriccio and Concerto are foils for one another; they comprise a satisfying pairing.

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