The elaborate choral writing sometimes rises to almost Hellenic regions of dramatic art; and there is no crudeness in the passages that carry on the story quietly in reaction from the climaxes - a test far too severe for Tannhauser and rather severe for even the mature works of Gluck and Weber.
Just under two minutes long, Eruption climaxes with a tapping solo at the end that introduced the world to this incredible new technique.
The movie climaxes in a major battle of man and beast, and other minor scenes feature the White Witch's cruelty toward the captive Edmund and the attack of a fox by a pack of wolves.
He was capable at times, nevertheless, of highly sonorous periods with superb climaxes; yet his favourite style was the conversational.
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