For Strings & Piano
By Peter NostrandLargo
opens with a classically romantic theme. Tender strokes of the bow patiently introduce the primary spokesperson. The first sounds from the piano are smooth, simple. They respectfully imitate the strings. Soon, however, the piano steps away from the comfortable musical turf established by the string section and heads onto its
own musical path. The piano goads the strings, challenging their resolve. They answer confidently, seriously. The piano challenges again, this time with frustrated, almost rapid keystrokes. Again, the strings respond, emphatically, convincingly. The youthful piano yields, ending the composition in harmony and complete accord.
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