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While his instrumental pieces are carefully ordered in broad time proportions, his chamber and vocal music is domina ted by the author's subjective views, introverted moods, and fitfulness.
At the beginning, reading her diary while she awaits the visit of her celebrated mother, Liv Ullmann-as-Eva seems pretty clearly, in her spinsterish appearance and manner, to be a manic-depressive type, melancholy and retentive but prone to fitfulness as well.
Chona is ninety years old and her memory works with the fitfulness of age, presenting incidents in repetitious confusion.