Background Music 2

If I find that I’ve a song in my head I’d rather not be there, I replace with one of two standby tunes, chosen because they are long and complicated and I still like them after many years of making this decision. The first fallback is by Brahms: I think it’s the big theme from the fourth movement of the first symphony, but I’ll have to check; it’s a long time since I listened to the whole piece. The other is the main subject of the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony, the one wrongly called ‘Pathetique’. That tune is in 5/4, so it demands a little attention to get it going, which is one of the points in its favour.

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