Piccola musica notturna (2011) for English horn, harp, and string quintet - 8'
-EH, hrp, 2 vln, vla, vcl, cb
-Commissioned by Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia for the Philadelphia Orchestra chamber music series
-Premiered March 2011 at the Kimmel Center
Ludwig rose to the occasion with a piece that should prove popular with audiences as well as English horn players. Piccola gets off to a strong start and takes its audience through a ten-minute tour of styles and musical references.
Ludwig blends the English horn and its partners with a sure sense of the special qualities of each voice. That horn is the show’s acknowledged star, but every instrument has moments such as the section in which a tinkling harp counterpointed the thunder from the rest of the ensemble. –BSR