Written for Semble N
Semblance is divided into three large sections. The first is characterized by its humor, with frequent, unexpected twists. It is a set of consecutive rondos (the rondo being the most lighthearted of the classical forms). An accompanied piano cadenza with jagged, percussive motives follows. The cadenza references gestures and instrument combinations from the preceding section and foreshadows those of the following. In the final section the mood becomes more somber. The piano’s efforts in the cadenza have weakened it, and the wit present before has been replaced by sober contemplation.