Hooray! I'm back! You lucky, lucky people!
My time abroad was fantastic, thank you, especially as you lot weren't there.
But, generous man that I am, I don't want to focus on me - I'm far too humble - so I have a question for you: do you have a favourite musical form?
Besotted with ballads? Mad about mazurkas? Serious about scherzos?
Personally, I adore theme and variations. Strangely enough, I don't usually register the form a piece is in otherwise - I couldn't give any kind of ranking for sonata form over a rondo, for example; they're just different - it doesn't matter. But I just love a set of variations.
I'm not entirely sure why - perhaps it's because I'm so mentally deficient that I need an obvious, clearly stated theme to latch onto, with coherently structured development in order to be musically satisfied. Or maybe it's just because variations allow a piece to open with a supreme melody and its harmony in distilled form, with the sheer extent of its different guises throughout the piece always giving surprise at what a brilliant composer can do.
So, what about you?