Listen: Menotti's Poemetti
Rollicking, vigorous dance in A major
Suggests light-hearted playground games with skipping and running
Darker mood at F# minor section
Form: A A' B A'' A' B'
Meter changes from 6/8 to 9/8 at the end of sections
Tonic-dominant ostinato underneath a melancholy melody evoking a traditional Italian lullaby
Gently falling intervals in melody line
LH intervals expand briefly in the final section
Form: A A' A''
-- extracted from notes by Sylvia Watkins Ryan