Daniel Dorff – Tweet

Appropriate to the title, the piece “Tweet” sounds really cheery, is high pitched and, being played by a solo-piccolo reminds the listener of birds. It is separated in 3 main parts,  The first and the last part each include the main theme, being played twice with a short side theme in the middle and give a clear idea of a structure.  Whilst, on the other hand, the second part of the piece seemed to include several different ideas, it varies between slow and fast as well as staccato and legato.

The main theme can be easily recognized by two really shortly played notes (probably appoggiaturas) followed by one slightly longer note. This short three-note-motive repetitively works its way up and down on a scale, which builds the main theme. Both side motives in part 1, consists of scales being played upwards, which are not always fully completed.

The second part of “tweet” starts with the same motive that can be heard in the middle sections of parts 1 and 3. This is being followed by a very short motive which slightly resembles to the main theme. After that a contrasting, comparatively slow staccato theme is being played, which is shortly interrupted by a fast played downwards going scale until it continues. The theme becomes faster and louder towards the end, two more downwards scales are being included, but the melody always immediately jumps back to very high notes. This part of the piece eventually ends as it started, slowly.

I personally had the feeling, that Dorff gave quite a clear image of a small bird flying around. Especially in parts 1 and 3 with the main theme. One can imagine that every short 3-note-motive could symbolize one wing beat of the bird, seeing that especially small birds have to flap their wings often the tempo in which Dorff decided to have the main part in, seems absolutely appropriate.

I wouldn’t add the piece to my personal collection of music, but I nevertheless really enjoyed listening to it because of its’ cheery mood and nice character.

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