[1987; revised version: 2006.]
Duration: ca 10 minutes.
This piece requires unobtrusive virtuosity and a wide command of expressive resources. Its title refers aptly to a half-remembered and unattributable line of verse which the composer can no longer trace, and the work attempts to evoke a blurring of many vanished summers into one indistinct, dreamlike memory in which nostalgia merges with a mysterious expectancy. The score bears superscriptions from poems by Keith Douglas and Dame Edith Sitwell, but is associated also in the composer's mind with certain poems by Anna Akhmatova.
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