‘Tovey, if I may quote him just once again, says that the ending [of the Adagio of Brahms’ 2nd Sextet] reminds him of “a sky in which all clouds are resting on the horizon and dazzlingly white”; I can only say that, for me, that image doesn’t quite do justice to the patch of colour in the very last bars when a D natural on the first viola is twice contradicted by a D sharp on the second. Incidentally, the second cello, who has if it must be admitted a dullish time during much of the sextet, fully makes up for it in this adagio.’
KeywordsSignificant Emotion Programme Note Ballroom Dancing String Quartet Secondary Modern School
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