MOZARTPause. General embarrassment.
Too many notes, Your Majesty?
Exactly. Very well put. Too many notes.
I don't understand. There are just as many notes, Majesty, as are required. Neither more nor less.
My dear fellow, there are in fact only so many notes the ear can hear in the course of an evening. I think I'm right in saying that, aren't I, Court Composer?
Yes! yes! er, on the whole, yes, Majesty.
(to Salieri) But this is absurd!
My dear, young man, don't take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Cut a few and it will be perfect.
Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?
JOSEPH- from the film version of Amadeus.
Well. There it is.
Joking aside, one of the "functions" of the toccata is as technical display piece for the organist (and the organ for that matter), so in the event that it sounds a bit Liberace-like, perhaps that's all to the good. However, I never thought of it in those terms. If this were a prelude we might well be more in agreement. "Softer" parts arrive whenever the texture thins out. I could experiment with registration and swell, but I'd as soon work that out in consultation with the organist. The thematic material between fugue and front-piece are kept separate intentionally. There are little things in common, but they may not be entirely evident.
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