An F# major mode is set out in a layered contrapuntal texture, piccolo and violins marking the fast crotchet beat while glockenspiel, celesta and sampler cut across this with triplet rhythms and a few dissonant pitches.
He certainly captures the remoteness of that distant planet, with the relentless ‘processional’ of bass crotchets , which opens and concludes the piece.
In this connection it is noteworthy that the violins in bars 3-4 play in dotted crotchets , the three-eight equivalent of the original dotted minims.
The process was simple: composers strictly followed the metre of the verse, setting long, accented syllables as minims, and short, unaccented ones as crotchets .
Furthermore, a comparison of the way in which crotchets and quavers are notated makes it likely that the same scribe copied both works.
It would seem a purposeless and even cruel task to recount in some five hundred pages the cranks and crotchets of a great mind, but there is the personal Russell to be chronicled.