The ram, ARIES, cannot decide whether to be diatonic or chromatic - he likes them both immensely. With a great deal of zest and no small amount of jest, he rushes headlong to the cadence. Surly TAURUS, the bull, is having none of this nonsense. He refuses to use the right hand and sticks stubbornly to his tonal A. The inviting bitonal G-sharp is turned down and a flash of inspiration towards the end cannot break the monotony. GEMINI can: playfully they finish each other’s sentences. The tenor twin gets lost and his soprano sister mourns plaintively. But then she spots him and it is all delight once again. CANCER has no such friends. The emotion builds up unbearably yet his defensive shell is too strong and nobody can get in to comfort him. The sad, lonely crab cries with soft restraint in his castle’s moonlit courtyard. LEO is the king of the country: or so he thinks. The lion becomes cross if he tumbles down, but nothing can break his pride. Not a note out of place, nor an extra beat in sight, the VIRGO’ S caprice is perfectly precise.
The scales of justice swing first gently, then sensuously and then...crash, tinkle, tinkle! But LIBRA picks up the pieces and makes sure that everything is right. The sting of SCORPIO is sharp and biting. When it is lost, she becomes worthless - stewing in her bitterness and screwing the lid tightly on her emotions. But when this passion is turned into positive energy, the jealous scorpion becomes an eagle soaring in triumph. Even more triumphant is the archer, SAGITTARIUS, who has great fun blasting his trumpet and chasing his prey. One of which could be CAPRICORN, the goat who is prone to running away. Shy at first, when the ice is broken she has a sad tale to tell. Ever the innovator AQUARIUS plays inside the piano. When the water-carrier gets that far-away look, there is bound to be something profound going on. The languid fish, PISCES, ends the cycle. She swims in a river that is at first dreamy, then becomes more and more turbulent and finally discharges into the sea of reality (and tonality!)