Work no. 241
Another Heaven opens with the second violins playing a long melody, after which the rest of the orchestra comes in, and tries, several times, to recreate that melody. They're trying to build from little fragments of the original rhythm, occasionally hitting a succession of seemingly the right notes, but the melody eludes them. After a series of attempts, their best result is heard in the cellos and the basses, but it too fails to capture the essence of the original. It's almost the end of the piece – for a brief moment at the very end, the second violins remain alone again, building towards a fortissimo, possibly to finally play a reprise of the opening – but just then, everything stops.
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