In the captivating introduction to the third movement, with strange pre-echoes
of Shostakovich, violins and viola returned to passion over an achingly exquisite cello solo.
Consequently, he has here quite different intentions: to describe the context in which the album had its origins, to offer the reader his own musical insights into the album, and, for the largest part of the book, to "find connections, identify direct influences, tease out correspondences and locate interesting pre-echoes
and intriguing coincidences.
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, welcomely without any pre-echoes
of Ravel's subsequent orchestral colourings, emerges as impatient and too easy, with little sense of the music's inherent wistfulness.
His 6th symphony and overture, The Bride of Messina, contains pre-echoes
of Brahms, as well as post-echoes of Mendelssohn and only the lack of memorable tunes has probably prevented the success of his own time being reflected today.
Very specifically evoking a 1950s girlhood, Jones nonetheless allows us to see pre-echoes
of disturbed adolescence that are the stuff of countless contemporary plays.
95 [pounds sterling]) is a readable account of a love match that pre-echoes
some aspects of the relationship of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Egoyan thinks it might be longer than the prop they're using, so it pre-echoes
more the sword Sieglinde later shows Siegmund to try to save his life in the climactic fight of Act II.
There are pre-echoes
of Henry V 'petty dukedoms' suggests 'petty and unprofitable dukedoms' (3 Chorus 31).
Yet again some of the names (that of the Malik-Verlag, for example) have pre-echoes
Rousseau's allegorical thought, his relentless pursuit of various levels and kinds of relatedness, although grounded in what Thomas calls an "anthropological narrative," provides suggestive pre-echoes
of Peircean semiotic practice and - paradoxically - of contemporary poststructuralist thinking.
It is certainly a strange and ambitious piece, which also seemed musically prophetic (I am sure I heard pre-echoes
of Philip Glass) and the Slaithwaite Phil, under Ellin's direction, were well up to its considerable demands.
The spirit of Bach hung heavily over much of his programme - a first half of fantasias, followed after the interval by sonatas - from JSB's own Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, via Bachian pre-echoes
by Froberger and Buxtehude, to Reger's mighty homage work, the Fantasia and Fugue on Bach.