The Five Pieces for String Quartet from 1923, dedicated to Schulhoff's colleague and fellow jazz lover Darius Milhaud, reflect his musical voyage. The tempo of each movement refers to a particular dance rhythm or character. Although this creates formal similarities with Baroque dance suites, Schulhoff included some more unusual elements - for example, the opening Viennese waltz sounds in duple rather than triple time. The second movement is a much more layered affair than the simple serenade the title would have one expect. Schulhoff evokes memories of his motherland during the third movement, possibly because he re-settled in his home city Prague in 1923, after a few years in Germany. The pentaptych continues with a melancholy milonga (a kind of tango) and ends with a fiery tarantella.
A recording of this arrangement can be found on the CD In search of Freedom of the Berlage Saxophone Quartet