Diversità, means variety in Italian, and refers to the relationships
between the movements.
The five movements contrast alternating
fast and slow movements. The three fast movements (1, 3, and 5)
are almost scherzo-like with their brief crises and prevailing
positive dispositions including unflagging energy. The two
interspersed slow movements are dissimilar. Movement two is
quite serious with a melancholy effect. Movement four begins
and ends with passages using contrasting mutes creating an element
of mystery surrounding a middle section that has a strong central
The contrasting treatment of these five movements reflects
the diversity connoted in the title while an essential unifying spirit
is found in the frequently encountered scherzo element.
This work is about 15 minutes in length for advanced performers. It can be the major work on your recital or concert program.