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Sound images of the piece follow each other spontaneously, this determined the title A prima vista that means sight-reading or, possibly, sight-composing. The range of sound images embraces meditation, lyrical loftiness, dramatic tension, fantastic illusions, they all being quite typical features of romanticism. The genre of the work comes also from romantic heritage: it resembles single movement symphonic poem with many contrasting sections. On the contrary, the music language totally belongs to later times and includes atonality, 12-tone harmony, irregular rhythmics, sonoristic instrumentation, etc. It is a contemporary music grown from and appealing to the romantic art values as a vivid and actual guiding line.
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