The piece was written fairly quickly during a blizzard when I was confined to the house for several days. The first movement opens with a forceful flourish on all instruments leading to a more contrapuntal interlude before its return. The quiet ending paves the way for the more subdued Theme and Variations which follow. The Coda which succeeds the fourth variation ends on a long held chord. A fugue comes next, and the fourth and final movement is a Rondo.
First Performance: Five Wings of Oxford, BMIC, London, 1983. Also performed by the London Chamber Group, Conway Hall, London