A melody on the solo violin illustrates this part of the sonnet:

The fear of lightning and fierce thunder
Robs his tired limbs of rest

The rest of the strings describe the flies and gnats:

As gnats and flies buzz furiously around.

The melody is interrupted on several occasions by gnats and flies. It consists of 4 phrases:

First phrase (measures 175 - 176) in G minor:

Second phrase (measures 179 - 182) modulates to Bb major:

Third phrase (measures 184 - 190), starts in Bb major and return to G minor:

Fourth phrase (measures 191 - 196) in G minor:

Complete movement:


John Harrison, violín, Robert Turizziani, director. Wichita State University Chamber Players.
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