Anton picked up a new pass-time.
Sometimes he even wondered himself what he was doing, going to several clubs in one night for apparent no reason. He could sit around for hours just looking around and drinking, or he would enter a card game and throw almost all the money he had in his pockets at the table. Anton was a failure at gambling, but that wasn't why he was willing to risk all his money. It was the craze that came over him while everyone chattered.
"I dare you all! 100
Anton did become another person.
It was not that Anton refused to talk of the incident, but in fact he did on many occasions. But when he talked, it was always with a bitter tongue. He sank into drink further and further, skipping more days at Conservatory, and Sergei began to be very frightened for him. He knew it was time to say something important to him, to lift his spirits.
It was a cold Fall afternoon, and the sun was no longer to be seen behind the street buildings. Sergei and
"S" for "September" continues with "S" for "Scherzo", as in the dance-like, musical joke that has come to replace the minuet in three or four-movement works. The transition from the minuet (espooused by Haydn in particular) to the scherzo is a key step in the evolution from the classical period to the early romantic.
I don't now if we can call this the first instance of a scherzo, but certainly the third movement
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Although Anton was sad to part with Katerina now, he did not expect the silence of correspondence that followed in the 3 months of summer. No letters, no messengers came of any kind. The silence was deafening for him.
Concert engagements came and went, and he made a very decent profit over the summer, almost 1,000 roubles, and his Suite for 2 Pianos was undoubtedly hailed as his best work yet. This disappointed him a bit, since he loved his larger works as well, particularly his symphony,
The next day, Anton asked one of his servants to go to Katerina's home at noon with the letter, which he signed his name on as well as her own. It would be for her eyes only, no matter who answered at the door.
When the messenger came back, he reported that only Katerina was there to see, and she immediately sequestered herself back into the house without a word. All Anton could do was wait. But what was there to wait for? Should he expect a response? Furthermore, did he want one? She didn't