This ten-minute work for string orchestra originated as the opening of Rózsa's String Quartet No. 1, which the composer had written in 1950. Asked for a filler for a 1992 recording of his Concerto for String Orchestra, Rózsa suggested expanding the quartet movement. This was done by Christopher Palmer, under the composer's supervision, and entailed few changes other than adding double bass parts. The Andante is quite straightforward, in traditional sonata form. The lyrical first subject builds up from the depths of the basses and cellos, layering one string section upon another in imitative counterpoint. An almost fully fugal treatment is awarded the second subject, which consists of more angular material. The themes undergo a full, if low-key, development that avoids the intense emotion that characterizes Rózsa's film scores. The string-orchestra arrangement brings tonal depth to a movement that was already rich in Hungarian feeling.