A set of four unaccompanied inventions for two violins. String quartets could pair Diminutiae with the viola and 'cello arrangement of a contrasting work, Valse Triste.

Duration: 10' 30"
Difficulty: 4/5

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While the Bach Inventions were its direct antecedent, Diminutiae differs from them in that it employs a starker, more contemporary musical vocabulary and makes an intensely dramatic, almost operatic statement, despite the diminutive size of its two-person ensemble.