Considered one of the most recognized concerti for the Oboe, Vaughan Williams began working on his Oboe Concerto immediately upon completion of his Symphony No. 5 in D major.
This pastoral piece is divided into three movements:
1. Rondo Pastorale (Allegro moderato)
2. Minuet and Musette (Allegro moderato)
3. Scherzo (Presto – Doppio più lento – Lento – Presto)
The concerto has an element of cyclic form. Each movement begins and ends with the same pentatonic theme, spanning an octave.