Charles Auguste de Bériot: Air Varié No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 5, "Montagnard" (version for violin and orchestra) – full score (NXP004)
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Instrumentation: 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52 - timp. - violin solo - strings
Nearly every violin composer in the first half of the nineteenth century wrote airs variés, works based on theme and variation, often using popular tunes as the basis of the work.
Bériot wrote numerous such pieces, including seven of his first fifteen opus numbers. One of the usual formulas for such works is Introduction – Theme – Variations – Coda. Air varié No. 4 in B flat major ‘Montagnard’, Op. 5, is written to form, beginning with an Allegretto con moto introduction in 4/4 time leading to the Andante theme in 3/4 time.
The theme is followed by six variations and a coda.
Bruce R. Schueneman