The Medley Concerto by Richard Mudge, an eighteenth-century English clergyman and composer, belongs within the tradition of Handel and Geminiani. Scored for a concerto grosso string ensemble plus two horns in D, which have remarkably adventurous and prominent parts, it successfully combines dance variation form with baroque concerto structure, and has a central fugal movement based on ‘The Highlanders March’. This good-humoured, sometimes riotous, piece, would make the perfect conclusion to a concert.
“There are refined moments, such as the central fugal movement, and moments of quiet reflection, such as the minor-key Largo third movement and the very sparsely scored concertino episodes within the final Moderato. This is writing which frequently wears its layers of undoubted sophistication lightly, but there is also a lot of unadulterated fun to be had in listening to and performing this music. Horn players in particular will find much to enjoy in the prominence and extent of their role.” The Consort