Dedicated to his teacher Antonio Salieri (he of Amadeus fame), this set of violin sonatas was his first. Featuring playful banter between the musicians it builds to a thrilling crescendo.
An ‘Aubade’ is a song sung by lovers parting in the morning, a contrast to evening’s ‘Serenade.” Without words, Enescu paints a picture of two young people as they part for the day, full of joy and love.
In the style of a “serenade,” Kodály’s Intermezzo incorporates the Hungarian folk melodies that he was recording into the music to preserve local musical traditions.
Lili Boulanger was the first female to win the Prix de Rome. These two short works are great contrasts as one is a lullaby the other a grand procession.
Strauss’ works often have a narrative arch and direct link to stories. As a young composer, though, he did compose several symphonies and chamber works, including this often overlooked Piano Quartet.