Six of the Bestiary
Based upon Jorge Luis Borges' imaginary ancient Chinese encyclopaedia in which the animal kingdom is broken down into fourteen categories such as 'Frenzied creatures' and 'Those belonging to the Emperor', this quartet reflects on the bizarre imagery suggested by these headings. 'The first movement 'Stray dogs' tends, after the fashion of these creatures, suddenly to appear in unexpected places' (Gilbert). This lively piece of character music would add much variety to any programme.
II Those drawn with a fine camel-hair brush
III Those which have just broken the water-pitcher
IV Those embalmed
V Those which are included in this classification
VI Suckling pigs