Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
1. Movement 1 (Eighth note = 110)
2. Movement 2 (Quarter note = 52)
3. Movement 3 (Eighth note = 72)
4. Movement 4 (Eighth note = 80)
5. Movement 5 (Eighth note = 104)
Composed for piano and orchestra, Movements is a short, concise exploration in the serial style, a style that frequently appeared in Stravinsky’s compositions dating from the mid to late 1950s. He wrote the work for the Swiss pianist, Margrit Weber, who also played at its premiere during the Stravinsky Festival in New York, 10 January 1960, with Stravinsky conducting.
Each of the five movements are separated by short instrumental sections, a kind of ‘interlude’ between the movements. These passages have a dual purpose, as they serve as both codas to the movements they follow, and introductions to those they precede, Stravinsky using these few bars to introduce the tempo of the next movement. In addition to the contrasting tempos, the movements are further delineated by instrumentation, a different combination being used in each section.