Small Wonder is a madcap gigue build on the continual addition and repetition of musical cells. Each time the theme repeats, a new cell is tacked onto the end of it. The cells, meanwhile, are not completely set—instead, they evolve and expand. Therefore, the piece continually becomes more unwieldy and digressive.
The character of the rhythmic and instrumental writing makes oblique, and occasionally mugging, reference to the gigues from Bach’s cello suites and French suites.