Six songs without words – Set Fourteen
Song no.1 in G minor – Vivace
Song no.2 in B♭ major – Larghetto
Song no.3 in B minor – Lento (listen using the Soundcloud link below)
Song no. 4 in E♭ minor – Tempo di valse
Song no. 5 in G♭ major – Moderato
Song no. 6 in G minor – Andante con moto
The first piece in the set reveals my organist background in its echoes of the Baroque Fantasia, but also my fondness for South America in some of the rhythmic writing. The two main sections for this piece use the same rising scale, though the second is at double the speed. There is an unusually long coda passage that starts peacefully and becomes quite expansive. Piece Three revisits the 10/8 (as two quintuplet groups) metre, first used in SWW1.6. Here, in a minor key, the effect is grey and brooding, and towards the end powerful and stormy. In between there is a more elegant Chopinesque passage in A♭ major (still in 10/8). Piece Four, in a verse and refrain structure, is an unusual combination of waltz (verse) and gavotte (refrain). Towards the end the latter seems to suggest Tchaikovsky. After a lyrical fifth piece in the set Piece Six travels through a range of emotions but ends confidently in the tonic major.