Concerto, Variations on a Nursery Tune Dohnanyi THE tune Dohnanyi has chosen for treatment is that of an old French nursery song, ' Ah, vous diraije, Maman ' (a theme on which Mozart wrote a set of keyboard variations).
There is a portentous Introduction, very fully scored, in amusing contrast to which comes the theme, in bare octaves on the Piano.
Variation I. (A little quicker).-The Strings have the theme, Piano decorating it. Glides for Piano and Harp conclude the section.
Variation II. (Resolute).—Horns have a new martial Theme, Piano and Woodwind answering.
Variation III.—The Piano is very prominent, the Strings taking a modest part.
Variation IV (Moderately quick).—Piano and Woodwind (in octaves) share this.
Variation V. (Quicker).-An imitation of a musical-box. Bits of the nursery song are heard on the bells.
Variation VI. (Still quicker).-The Piano coruscates brilliantly, against Wind arpeggios.
Variation VII. (In strict time).—A Waltz theme appears first on the Piano and then on the Strings. The nursery tune appears for a moment on the Violins in two-time, against the three-time of the dance.
Variation VIII. (Moderately quick).—A March. The Lower Strings and Drums keep up a bass part consisting of the keynote and the fifth above it.
Variation IX. (Very quick).
-Playful, in a minor key.
Variation X. (Not too slow)
-A part of the original tune is repeated in the bass, while the other instruments weave harmonies above it.
Variation XI. (With dignity).
-A hymn-tune-like version of the melody.
Final Section (Quick, spirited).—This is a fugue.
Near the end there is a final statement of the nursery melody, and a gay Coda rounds off the work.