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The words atonality and humour are perhaps not often associated with each other, but these pieces are intended to do that. The individual titles indicate the character of each piece, which is largely contrapuntal and imitative in style, so neither instrument dominates. All movements end consonantly except for the last, which can be extended ad lib. In live performance, for instance, it might fade away as the players exit the playing area. The bassoon is spared relentless repetition of the ground motif by its being shared with the oboe.