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    a passage of music that flows very smoothly and is very lyrical

    The ice crystals glistening in the March sunlight and their disappearance when the sun's smile is sweetest inspires him to a cantilena which in some respects anticipates the adagio of the Violin Concerto.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 25/01/2013

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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