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The Fantasy approximately outlines a three-movement sonata work, each movement preceded and linked by dramatic recitative passages. It opens with such a brooding, recitative-like section, which leads into an episode marked Un poco lento. More dramatic recitative introduces a bridge passage, with a passing resemblance to the famous Toccata attributed to Bach, which leads to an impetuous Allegro agitato. Another episode of recitative introduces a broad Adagio molto e cantabile, Beethoven-like in its noble melodiousness, with a hint of the 'Tempest' Sonata in some threatening rumbles in the bass. After some dramatic recollections of earlier sections of the Fantasy, a recapitulation of the opening Un poco lento returns the work to the lugubrious gloom from which it started.
from notes by Daniel Jaffé © 2014
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