I played with the main theme for the 4th movement a while tonight, with three little variations. One was the theme in the flute with the triplets in the harp. Not quite what I needed, but my goal tonight was to throw things out there and see what happened.
Next I scored the main theme as heard in the Sonatina for the strings alone. That was nice, and rather meditative. Perhaps for the ending, or maybe an interlude, or maybe one of the variations before we hit the big climax.
Interestingly, I took that variation and transposed it up a fifth, an lo! without my doing a single other thing to it, it took on an entirely different character. It was triumphant and soaring, partly because the violins were now in their heroic register, and partly because it was in D major, which can’t help itself: it just sounds heroic. Something to do with the being a good key for the brass back in the day; if you go check all your favorite glorious baroque bits, almost all of them are in D major.
The problem, of course, is that the symphony needs to end in G, the key of the meditative variation. I’ll think about that another day.
No mp3s today.
I worked on my Assignment L.08.01 after that, and I think I have something. It’s not excellent, but it’s there. It’s also fairly NSFW, although you have to squint to figure that out. I’ll post it wherever the Lichtenbergian Society blog ends up.