I’m not sure.
What is the nature of your problem?
There’s this couple at Weill Recital Hall. They’re fighting, again. The man seems to be instigating the fight.
I’ll send the police, sir. Can you stay on the line?
Can you describe what the man is doing?
It’s difficult to describe. I’ve seen them do this before. The woman has a temper, but she usually keeps it in check. But this guy, he just seems to have "brought out the worst in her." And what’s more, she takes it out on everyone there.
How do you mean, sir?
Well. She’s a pianist.
Excuse me, sir. Did you say pianist?
Yes. Hold on! (ducks from hard-flung tritone, followed by a minor second)
Can you describe what the pianist is doing?
Playing what, sir?
Elliott Carter’s Piano Sonata from 1946.
Can you describe the pianist, sir?
Uh, If this pianist has a principal trait, it is a big, hearty and sometimes brutal relationship with her instrument.
Can you describe her relationship with the instrument, sir?
It’s like she seemed to play the piece with fluency and enjoyment. I mean, she just snapped.
Can you please describe the man?
He’s not actually here.
Can you repeat that for me, sir?
He’s not actually here. His name is Elliott Carter, though. He's a composer. I’ve seen him before. He’s "pugnacious" and "invites the performer's aggression."
Can you describe what he looks like?
He has white hair. He’s a little slow. Oh! And he’s 99.
99 what, sir?
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I’m not sure.