Six songs without Words – Set Eleven
Set Eleven, written in May 2019, gave Richard a chance to write something completely different: a Saltarello …
Song no. 6 in G major – Saltarello. Vivo (listen to this piece using the Soundcloud link below)
The set opens with a substantial waltz, playful in character and with a middle section of cross-rhythms. Piece Two is also quite extensive with a variety of moods, all expressed lyrically. Piece Three has the unusual metre of 7/4, both for its calm expressive outer sections and its more syncopated and playful secondary idea. The fourth piece has a sense of moto perpetuo, though not without some lyrical ideas. After the poignant and tender fifth piece, the set ends with a lively saltarello.