The musical conversation of the orchestra, tuning up rather like

athletes running-on-the-spot and shadow-punching, before performance; it even includes the

pitch of anticipation in the low interchange of human voices.

A diminuendo from this audience, as the musicians, including piano

soloist, come from the wings, and a rallentando when the

guest conductor appears to bow, turn his back, mount the

podium and settle his shoulders in readiness to enter the

concerto with raised baton.  The sonority of wind, strings and

keyboard calms all, the following tempest of brass sweeps away

all reactions but the aural; they ravishingly invade and transmute.

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Paraphrases from Loot and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer.

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