Trois Tableaux gets its inspiration from the music of Igor Stravinsky's three ballets The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) & The Rite of Spring(1913).
The first part of the piece flirts with the introduction of The Firebird and is based on the harmonic ideas from the so called Petrushka chord, a bitonal chord that is combination of two mayor triads that also occurs inThe Firebird (C and F#). Later on a melodic unpretentious diatonic folk-tune motive enters superimposed, in a typical Stravinsky manner, on a chord in a different key. This motive also occurs in the last movement.
Movement two is played attacca and a new tableaux/picture or scenography is displayed. Its main section – volante – could lead ones thoughts to the “flying” flute playing in the introduction of Petrushka. The last movement has a distinct repeated theme on which the whole movement leans. It's written in 7/8 and has the character of folk-tune dance. Trois Tableaux is dedicated to Johan Bridger.