Although Anton and Katerina had met only a handful of time in the past 8 years, suddenly they started running into each other more. She had started going to all his new music premieres, and even some of his choral concerts. Her husband was no where to be found on these occasions, but she didn't always approach Anton either: she would watch only in silence.
Finally, at a premiere of Anton's orchestral variations on a theme by Piotr Ilyich, Katerina came again.
"How is life, Anton
Anton's life was packed-full with engagements, concerts, and numerous other things. And although he enjoyed it all thoroughly, it wasn't fully.
One of the first blows that was done to his psyche was the death of his dearest idol, Piotr Ilyich. Anton had even been with him a week before at most, discussing what music they were about to start working on next, and Anton told him of his great plans to write more operas, and more choral music as well. Piotr Ilyich was very fond of Anton, and had
Anton contrived the perfect plan. In his opinion.
He asked his now former pupil and present young colleague Sergei Vasilievich to do a concert with him. It would feature the premiere of his own Suite for 2 Pianos, and anything Sergei Vasilievich had been working one. Of course, he was delighted at the opportunity, because Sergei Vasilievich had something special up his sleeve for Anton, a sort of gift in thanks for the years they worked together.
It was in July, near Anton's own birthday,
When May came, Sergei Vasilievich was undoubtedly the composer with the best work. Anton and all those who represented the Conservatory voted on giving him an honor, and the Great Gold Medal was selected. Sergei Vasillievich was so stunned that he could hardly say a word when it was announced to him. News of his triumph spread everywhere, and soon he was hailed as the greatest new composer of Moscow.
And that was when Anton knew it was time to put his plan to action.
"Do you know
Anton taught 2 different kinds of theory courses. One was for regular musicians, but the other was a "free-theory" course, which he hand-picked along with Sergei Ivanovich. Their names were Leo, Nikita, and of course, Sergei Vasilievich.
Alexander Nikolayevich of course didn't accept this very well when Sergei Vasilievich was promoted to this class early, and he was not. But Anton couldn't have cared less. They hated each other so much that Anton felt he would never graduate this
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