Four Bagatelles is a work that explores different approaches to 3-part writing. A four-note figure dominates the first movement. Surrounding and departing from this figure are melodic elements that show off the characteristics of each instrument. The second Bagatelle stresses textures in which the three instruments play similar rhythms and briefly separate. The third Bagatelle is meditative and darker in color. The final movement is energetic with mixtures of rhythmic figures.