I think I’m stuck. I diddled around with the agitato motif, just scribbling down anything that came to mind, not stopping to flesh anything out. I didn’t get very far, although there were some possibilities among the bits.
I tried wedging the sweet variation from yesterday into the development, but it’s not really going in there. Now I have to get it out of there. Dang computers.
Perhaps it’s time to focus on the third movement for a while, just get away totally from the Lento and come back to it with fresh ears later. I’m thinking really a month or so.
How weird is our political discourse? The most sensible thing said about the whole Obama/Wright episode was said by Mike Huckabee, who said a couple of sensible things: a) it’s foolish to hold parishioners responsible for what their pastor says; b) preachers don’t always stick to their prepared notes and therefore extemporize things that they later look back on with wild surmise; c) you need to “cut some slack for people who grew up being called names.” Astonishing, no? But sensible.