The emotional trajectory of this eight-minute,
contemplative movement is roughly equivalent to one
very long phrase. It is largely unmetered, and its
varying segments call upon high degrees of both
technical and expressive prowess from the performer.
The viola's registers and color resorces are explored
slowly one by one during the phrase's upcurve
(ultimately covering a range of three-and-one-half
octaves), but blend together in the final stages.
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