Entry from US English dictionary
- D minor was traditionally regarded as a key both ‘obscure’ and a shade perilous, as was the Dorian mode it derived from; the piece falls, with the impetuosity of youth, into more contrarious sections than does any of the later toccatas.
- The working of the party became less democratic and more bureaucratic, while certain questionable practices, like sending contrarious members to distant posts, developed unchecked.
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