Op. 43 No. 11 Starry Night
“Starry Night,” a calm and flowing piece with numerous bitonal implications, is characterized by a two-against-three rhythmic interaction between the hands. The accompanimental figures in the left hand outline triads in various inversions, while the melody above moves primarily by stepwise motion. The wide-ranging melodic ideas and numerous accidentals require an intelligent use of fingering and an excellent legato touch.
Op. 43 No. 16 Barcarolle
“Barcarolle” conveys a wonderful sense of rocking and spaciousness. The piece is defined by rolled fifths in the bass, frequently shifting tonal centers, and a primarily Lydian melodic construction. Tone clusters built out of stacked diatonic seconds provide an effective coloring to much of the melody as well. The beginning and ending keys of F- Sharp pay tribute to other notable barcarolles, particularly the boat songs by Felix Mendelssohn and the famous Barcarolle, Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin.