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Night Dances consists of four related but contrasting pieces of material. Two of these are generically specific dances, a habanera and a sarabande; the other two are more generally 'dance-like'. As the piece progresses, these come to be superimposed onto one another at an increasing level of density. At first only two are ever heard simultaneously, but after a time this number increases to three, and at the climax of the piece all four are heard together for the first time, one one each instrument, all moving at different speeds. The piece closes with a brief recollection of the habanera with which the piece opened, this time on its own again.