Allegretto for flute and piano by Józef Świder is a work of a great artistic value that comprises a perfect didactic material, filling a gap in the Polish flute literature.
Allegretto for flute and piano is a one-part composition of an ABA1 structure with a cadenza. A four-bar piano introduction develops into the flute part intoning a dance and folk-style melody, which becomes fragmented in terms of rhythm and densified in its facture. The dialogue between the flute and the piano involves mutual motif complementation. The melody gathers momentum (numerous ascending and descending progressions, undulations, typical ties, trills), a dynamic gradation develops into the middle, more peaceful and cantilena-style, part. The culmination, initially outlined by the flute and continued by the piano, leads to the cadenza characterised by considerable performative freedom across motifs in parts A and B, exhibiting the colour and sound values of the instrument. The link A1 comprises a quasi-variation development of the first passage of the work; it is the most dynamic, energetic and diversified in terms of the applied sound registers (characteristic all’octava marking), articulation and agogics. The marking più vivo in bar 136, combined with irregular metric divisions and shifts in accents, intensified dynamics and expression adds spontaneity, ultimately leading to the work’s finale.
The application of the minor mode, the economy of expressive means and a changeable course of narration reflect introvert characteristics of the composer – a man of outstanding humbleness and modesty, at the same time full of unrest, self-criticism and little faith towards himself, which is confirmed by recently found notes of his.
- ISMN 9790274018016
- Language of edition: eng, pol
- Number of pages: 15+7
- Cover: softcover
- No. of edition: 1
- Published: 2016
solo part (instrumental) + accompaniment