The lyric first movement starts the piece with three flutes and alto flute. The second movement, a perpetual motion scherzo, begins with four C-flutes. There is no break between the third and fourth movements, and takes places over an ostinato. The piece comes to a bravura and virtuosic finale.
The music of this quintet is clearly thematic and brings together highly chromatic fragments with a profound lyricism.
Tonightingale exudes austerity with clarity and concision.
This composition is based on the painting of the same title by Joan Miró. It is a short piece in a “naïve” style.