Taken from the program notes: "Consonance and Dissonance explores the contrasting tones of Oboe and Clarinet. Throughout the piece, harmonies shift in and out of dissonance. The first movement serves to introduce the unique trio, first with a contrapuntal duet between the winds, then a piano interlude, and finally all three instruments together. The somber second movement focuses on quartal harmonies. The third movement is lively and playful but also somewhat sinister, and combines themes from all three movements for the chaotic ending."