"The symphony is a musical epic.We might compare it to a journey leading through the boundless reaches of the external world, on and on, farther and farther. Variations also constitute a journey, but not through the external world. You recall Pascal's pensée about how man lives between the abyss of the infinitely large and the infinitely small. The journey of the variation form leads to that second infinity, the infinity of internal variety concealed in all things.
“...Man knows he cannot embrace the universe with all its suns and stars.But he finds it unbearable to be condemned to lose the second infinity as well, the one so close, the one so nearly within reach."
-Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
(Cheri's photo of a sunset in San Francisco Bay)