For Soprano, Flute, Oboe, and Violin.
Volte-face is one of a series of eight chamber works inspired by the writings of Thomas Hardy and known collectively as Wessex Heights. The pieces may be performed separately or in any combination.
When the complete set is played, the following order of performance is recommended:
Embers — Shailing and wambling — Volte-face — Groundswell — Catch — Idyll — For Tess — Along upon
The duration of Wessex Heights is about an hour.