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Divertimento for Strings About the Work Composer: Bruno Maderna conducted the National Symphony Orchestra’s first performance of this work, on September 9, ; Hugh Wolff conducted the most recent ones, on May 30 and 31, The work is scored for full orchestral strings.

The remarkable Paul Sacher was responsible for bringing into being roughly a hundred important works by many of the giants among twentieth-century composers. Even so complex and substantial a score as the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta was completed just ten weeks after he accepted Sacher’s commission, and the Divertimento was composed in barely more than two weeks in the comfortable accommodations Sacher provided at Saanen.


Together with the last of his six string quartets written at about the same time but introduced later, in Scode Yorkit brought to an end a remarkably divergimento period which also saw the creation of the Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano, and the Second Violin Concerto both composed in The instrumentation, for strings alone, is much simpler, and the music itself is uncontrivedly genial and ingratiating, with more conspicuous allusion to the folk idiom that had become so much a part of the composer’s personal vocabulary.

In any event, the benevolent Sacher saw to it that he was cut off from tension as much as possible: Once the score was finished, he wrote to his elder son, “Luckily I can banish. While I am at work it doesn’t disturb me. The opening has a particularly earthy feeling, as of a foursquare peasant dance in which the bartoj simply grows out of the rhythm itself.

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Numerous dancelike tunes are heard against the backdrop of varied rhythms and harmonies; a three-note figure from the end of the first theme establishes itself as a bxrtok of ritornello or “motto” that will be reappear later in the work.

In the development various choirs are pitted against one another or alternate with the full ensemble as the mood passes from momentarily introspective to boldly declamatory, the latter predominating in the recapitulation, which winds down, however, to a tranquil ending.


The slow movement is somewhat more inward and profound that the two outer ones. Polyphonic writing is a feature of its first section, whose character is predominantly ruminative; the music then becomes more animated, with piercing little jabs and a pronouncedly Hungarian flavor.

A climax is reached which might be described as “anguished,” and then comforting gestures from various solo instruments and small groups alternate with the eruptive ones from the ensemble until scofe last the emotional storm passes and the movement ends calmly.

It is not much of a stretch to suggest that the seeds of the central Elegia of the Concerto for Orchestra are to be found in this poignant piece. Here is an abundance of divegtimento good humor, given emphasis by the cross-rhythms and the brilliance of the string scoring.

What starts out as a “serious” fugue, breaks off to become an extended cadenza for solo violin. When dibertimento proceedings seem to have reached their peak, the music becomes hushed and a striking pizzicato passage leads mischievously into the still more driving conclusion. Connect facebook twitter youtube instagram tumblr.

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