1874 - 1954
The melody - alternating mostly between wind and strings - is a series of unexpected twists and turns. As well as this, the tonality of the piece is constantly shifting between major and minor, giving the piece a very uncertain feeling. This feeling of suspense is cleverly resolved in the second subject as the strings journey to the major, and are accompanied by the confident sounds of trumpets and horns. Personally, I can hear influences of European waltzes in the second subject as the harmonic progressions seem to mimic the dance-like nature of the songs written before him.