An ideal companion piece to
Bartók's 'Contrasts’. The title derives from the French proverb se
méfier de l'eau qui dort, meaning ‘be wary of the water which sleeps’,
or, as we might say in English, 'still waters run deep'. The message, therefore, is to be careful,
because things are seldom as they appear. In performance, the players should embrace the spirit of
the water: overwhelming and sensuous.