Aesop's fable: a gnat challenges a lion to a fight. The gnat flies around stinging the lion, who can't see the gnat well enough to bite or tear at the little bugger. The lion is so irritated and helpless that he concedes defeat; but the boastful gnat, in celebratory carelessness, flies into a spider's web and is eaten. I was going to try and tie in such a story about extremes of size to this piece, which uses bass recorder and sopranino recorder; but having reviewed the tape (so to speak) I don't think the gnats clearly win in this piece, and the bass recorder is far too placid to really be a lion. But I'm going with this title anyway.