Finally we see Alpha and Beta together after the second cello cadenza, the coda. The sparse elements of this coda are highlighted by their dissimilarity and register: Alpha mumbles on the sea floor. Beta, this time quarter notes, remembers the glory of the celestial stair, while Chopin's raindrop patters out the tonic, a Platonic shadow of 17's beautiful climax. Lastly I'd like to point out that there are 5 espressivo markings in this piece. For all its strangeness I find it to be cohesive and satisfying and tender. No warring elements or jarring surprises. Just organic ripples building in a spring rain. Play this one for your sweetheart!