Six Songs without Words – Set Six
This set was started at the very end of 2018 and completed in the last days of January 2019. The six pieces are as follows (click on the links below to view page 1 of each of the scores):
Song no.1 in E flat minor – Andante ma doloroso (Listen to this track on SoundCloud below)
Song no.3 in G minor – Tempo di Milonga (listen on SoundCloud below)
Song no. 4 in B minor – Doloroso ma andante (listen to this track on SoundCloud below)
Song no. 5 in D major – Moderato grazioso (listen using the link below)
Song no. 6 in E flat minor – Allegro scherzando (listen to this track on SoundCloud below)
Set Six opens with a heart-aching minor key waltz and this is followed by a tranquil miniature, suggestive of a Schubertian influence.
Though the style of Piece Three is clearly a brisk tango, it is in some ways modelled on the famous Mendelssohn Duetto (op 38 number 6), which is the first song without words I ever remember hearing. Thus the structure of the piece takes the form of an innocently flirtatious dialogue between the tenor voice and the soprano voice until the point where the two sing the tune together in octaves – affirmation of their newfound friendship. The images connect with a similar spirit found on the streets of La Boca, Buenos Aires, where music and love, innocence and sensuality, exist in happy union.
Piece Four is again dark and plaintive with a gently throbbing accompaniment and the set ends with a rapid asymmetric scherzo.