The prolific and hard-working Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson composed this splendid set of Concertini as a reaction to the lack of performance pieces for amateur orchestras and their principal players. Written between 1953 and 1957, they demonstrate the influence on his compositions of Romantic composers rather than the more rigid or severe rules from other periods and, requiring moderate skill, these are practical and ultimately enjoyable pieces.
Relatively unknown, there has been little enthusiasm for this work outside Sweden, perhaps considered too simple for most performing musicians, though this is precisely the reason that they are so versatile and pleasurable.
No. 5 was scored for Horn in F with String Orchestra. It is presented here with a Piano reduction.