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.
Paraphrases from Loot and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer.