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Half the Battle

Posted at 8:52 AM on August 30, 2006 by Rex Levang

The very beginning of a piece gives a composer an opportunity: to create atmosphere instantly, to present us with a striking idea . . . .sometimes half the battle is already won if the composer comes up with a good beginning, as Schubert does in the Fantasy that Brian Newhouse submitted just below.

So let me put in another plug for this piece. If you've never heard it before, do check out the opening measures (and then find the time to listen to the whole thing).