These arrangements were made in connection with Lotte Reiniger's (1899-1981) short animated silhouette film The Tocher (GPO Film Unit, 1935), but in the event only music from nos 1, 2 and 5 was used on the soundtrack which was conducted by Britten ('Tocher' means 'dowry'). In 1936 nos 1, 2, and 4 were rescored and with two new arrangements formed Soirées musicales, op. 9. In 1941 no. 3 was reworked as the opening march of Matinées musicales, op. 24.