Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Phantom Limb

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Phantom Limb

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The opening bars of Schumarm's Fantasiestlicke gentle the leading edge of evening, as broomsedge turns rose-gold in the slow descent of sun. Somewhere invisible, a redwing's shi-reel pierces a measure of "Des Abends," like coming home. And that time--you recall, a half-smile salting memory--the maestro lost total control of his baton? One mug of tea steams beside our feet on the railing. Chamomile, perfect accompaniment to the piano's subtle voicings The mood changes as the music shifts tracks, tumbling "Very fast" through the next, fervid vignette of Opus 12, then "Slow and tender" for a few recorded minutes of "Warum." Why?--And that idiot tried to tell me I should only be playing Bach! But you couldn't stand Baroque, though you mastered every genre practice taught you, Handel to Hanon; Debussy, Satie, Glass; Rachmaninoff. Look! There's a heron, landing by the pond. "Traumes Wirren," dream's confusions, scatter nervous sixteenth-notes across its path. Once--you were eight and apprehensive, always last-chosen for any team--when a softball connected with the middle of your forehead, hard, you flinched a little, but you held your ground. …

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