Three Inventions for Band
Each movement of the set obsesses with a small number of interrelated melodic elements; these have some tendency to alternate large intervals with half steps. Parallel chord motions are frequent, as are augmented-major 7th chords and similar harmonies. There are no extra-musical programs other than the mood each movement sets - I. Fantasia agitato, unsettled and unpredictable, II. Elegy, a mournful lament, and III. Ostinato energico, driving and relatively upbeat.