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The first movement "Frolic" opens with stacked fifths that were derived from the composer's study of Stravinsky's use of this harmonic technique. The second movement "Song" is a melancholy piece with a pensive melody over a bass ostinato first presented with the bassoon. The charm of this movement is how the melody is presented in octaves with different combinations with the quintet, first with oboe and horn, then with other combinations. The final movement "Rondo" is a rip-roaring piece that begins with a fun bassoon bass-line leading to the rondo melody based on the Dorian mode over quartal harmonies.