Music in the Shape of a Brook
The brook is represented by the harp which flows almost continuously, in an asymmetrical mix of meters as if rippling over stones in its way. The mostly scalar motion of the flute describes the flight of a bird above the brook; to show that it is 'above' the stream, the flute is usually in a key of one more sharp than the harp. The viola represents the reflection of the bird's flight in the water; thus, it is an inverted version of the flute line, occasionally exactly following the shape of the flute and sometimes broken up or slightly off-kilter from the flute, like the reflection being broken up by the ripples in the water.
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