Written in triple meter, this movement evokes images of children dancing. Sometimes they’re together, sometimes they imitate one another, but they always have fun.
Pattycake, pattycake, baker’s men
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a ‘B’
And put it in the over for Baby and me.
This movement begins in a flurry, with the flute chasing the bassoon. After a while, the bassoon realizes the flute will not catch up, and starts to taunt the flute. But the flute fights back. The game resumes, ending with a “tag” declaring the winner.
Part of any child’s day is bedtime, complete with lullaby.
In a segue from the lullaby, “Dark” restates the first theme from “Dance”, just as a child fondly remembers the day’s activities while falling asleep.