Three Character Pieces ("Drei Characterstucke") for violin and piano, Op. 9 was composed in 1885 and first performed by Foote and violinist Charles Allen on November 30 of that year.
The first of the Op. 9 pieces is called "Morning Song" ("Morgengesang"). It is a lightly swinging Andante in G major, structured as a three-part da capo form.
The second, Menuetto Serioso, is by contrast in G minor. It begins with a one-measure "Quasi recitativo" opening for violin alone, and then turns into a Moderato grazioso with a trio section in E flat major.
The third piece in Op. 9 is a Romanza (Adagio non troppo) with an animated centerpiece whose simmering sixteenth notes bleed over into the reprise of the opening music.