This stirring minor key work captures the longing in the human soul as melodic phrases effectively express the sorrow and loneliness felt from the absence of a loved one. The recurrent sweeping counter-lines in the viola and cello reflect the swelling tears, and the violin tremolos the anguish that comes from yearning for their return. In a brief faster section near the end, the imagination is taken to a possible reunion with the missing loved one.
Performers and audience alike will connect to this sensitive emotion that we all experience at one time or another through life.
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