Somewhere in the deepest recesses of my memory, I seem to recall the
following conjecture: that Blancrocher was part of a secret cult (not
uncommon at that time), and that the descending scale represents his
soul's descent into hell. Now, my memory says that this came from
Leonhardt, way back in the late '60s. Any other Leonhardt students
>But then. F goes on into some detail about who carried B. to bed,
>and about the medical treatment, and about his deathbed
>conversation. The note concludes "ultimum spiritum coepit trahere,
>animam exhalare" -- went to take his last breath, and exhaled his
>soul. Maybe that's what the last scale is.
>-- If indeed we wish to treat this piece programmatically - which, given the
>supplied "program" in the only source, is very tempting - and if we hear the
>l.h. 8ve g passage in m. 29ff as bells, then we can't reasonably say that
>the final descending scale is the fall down the stairs.