Reading for Saturday, June 6

We kind of all knew this chapter was coming – Marya and Nikolai finally get together. (I think that’s definitely the nail in Sonya’s coffin lid . . .)

It’s, of course, completely like Nikolai to be too proud to marry her for her money and also completely like Marya not to push him after he showed an interest in her.

I think the nice thing about how this panned out was that at least we’re pretty sure that they are getting together because they like one another – it’s not another Pierre and Helene we’re setting up here.

But still, I reckon she’ll have her work cut out for her . . . don’t tell Marya I said that, though.

And now for another installment of the Busoni. Despite the majestic main theme that the orchestra set up, you might have noticed (if you watched the video yesterday), that the pianist actually didn’t play around with that too much. Which is what a piano concerto is about, really. The orchestra plays a theme, the pianist elaborates on it.

But, from what I’ve been able to work out, there’s not a lot of that – at least in this movement. In this second video, the movement continues and we realise that yesterday the pianist was only warming up. In this video, Busoni flogs him within an inch of his life. There’s nothing quite like a pianist having to keep up with a monstrously complex piece of music – enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “One-Year War and Peace E1.6 – Love Blooming

  1. I thought the construction in this chapter was superb – the initial feelings of distance between Marya and Nikolai, both in their own ways unable to bridge the gap that they now each felt between them … but it was in those last few lines, where all seems lost, but Nikolai by his words, and then Marya by her eyes, bridge that gap in a nanosecond.

    Now to sink myself into Busoni…!

  2. I wish you would’ve written more about this chapter…it’s one of my favorites in the whole book….I’ve been checking your site waiting for you to get to it. Don’t you want to write more about it?
    I love the love vs. pride theme. Both of them have to swallow their pride to be able to connect with each other… so much a part of love. And like Ian, I love the sudden shift. Just so realistic…those moments that can turn or not and change everything, like in Anna Karenina when Koznyshev lets the moment slip away. But Nickolai, thank God, being a man of action doesn’t let it slip!!

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