Allegro Risoluto for strings Op.10

Dating from 1985, Allegro Risoluto is the composer’s earliest orchestral work. It has been recorded by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Paul Murphy on Dutton-Epoch (CDLX 7246). In his liner notes Lewis Foreman writes: ”From Elgar and Vaughan Williams through Holst, Walton and Tippett, the string orchestra has had a special relevance for British composers. This vibrant heritage is reflected in Lionel Sainsbury’s haunting yet muscular Allegro Risoluto. The rhythmic opening motif encompasses three elements that reappear throughout and soon translate into a long running line, driving the music on, building to a lyrical climax. There are passing reflective moments, though the driving allegro constantly returns. The brief, spectral interlude which presages the final rough dismissal is a glorious touch.”


The score contains much divisi and is suited to performance by larger forces, or a minimum 6/6/4/4/2.


c.9 minutes

Year Completed



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