This work consists of four short pieces in contrasting moods, for professional performers
Four Bagatelles was commissioned by Arnold Marinissen for performance by himself and his wife Liesbeth Kok. They explore aspects of children's behaviour, as exemplified by the composer's daughter, Annabelle.
Much of the thematic ideas are derived from a short 'Annabelle' motif (A-B-E-E), which is heard at the beginning of the work. The movement titles are:
It was first performed by Arnold and Liesbeth in November, 2003, in the Southern Sinfonia rooms.
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