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April 02, 2010

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Wonderful post: thank you, Lera. And that's quite a concerto the pre-revolutionary Rocky produced. I like your vocabulary for it: generous, rich, danger of over-sweetening. Someone asked me: what is the meaning of Beethoven's 4th piano concerto. I answered lamely and earnestly (different media, can't paraphrase the message) when I should have said what Mahler confided to Thomas Mann when both were dying in Venice: "when played correctly and listened to attentively, Beethoven's 4th piano concerto will make daffodils grow on the rooftops of my winter heart."

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"After You've Gone"
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of the bedroom
as I enter
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