Six songs Without Words – Set Ten
Set 10 was started and finished in 3 weeks during April 2019.
Song no.3 in – A minor – Molto mesto (written on the evening of 17th April 2019 – the day that Notre Dame burned)
Song One is dark and brooding and has a clear Piazzolla influence. The pianist is required to add some percussive effects. The second piece is graceful and flowing at a fast tempo, perhaps a dash of Schubert can be heard. Written on a night of specific sadness amid many of general sadness, piece Three has a sense of sorrow suspended in time and ends in a bi-tonal passage with two minors layered on each other. In the following piece Number Four, although still in a minor key there is a sense of more energy due to the fast tempo and syncopated rhythms. There is a short fugato section. Number Five, in ternary form, has hymn-like outer sections despite being in quintuple metre. The set ends with an eager polonaise, its insistent rhythms suggesting (to the composer at least) an image of the set’s dedicatee pedalling hard on his beloved bicycle.