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PublisherG Schirmer Inc
For piano. Bolts of Loving Thunder was composed in 2013 for pianist Emanuel Ax. When Manny asked me to write a piece that would appear on a program of works by Brahms, I immediately thought back to my experiences as a young pianist, crashing sloppily but enthusiastically through the Rhapsodies and Intermezzi, and knew I wanted to create a work based on this romantic, stormy idea of Brahms. I also felt that there needed to be a touch of the exuberant, floating melodies typical of young, "pre-beard" Brahms. The title comes from a line in John Ashbery's poem Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape. — Missy Mazzoli