Six Songs without Words – Set Fifteen
Song no.1 A major – Allegretto grazioso con rubato
Song no.2 in F♯ minor – Con fuoco
Song no.3 in F major – Lento
Song no. 4 in D♭ major – Allegro assai
Song no. 5 in B♭ minor – Moderato con moto
Song no. 6 in A major – Grave
The set opens with an elegant flowing piece which is followed by a more tempestuous and intense second song which has a sonata structure. Piece Three has a touch of the habanera to it and sits on the fence between dark and light much of the time. The fourth piece is largely cheerful with its main melodic idea rising quickly through the register. The next piece has some echoes of the waltz and reaches a powerful conclusion. Surprisingly, the final piece is a slow, hymn-like miniature, providing something like an ‘Amen’ to the entire set.