It has always been funny to me to experience the vast hole in my psyche after finishing a work; the post partum depression that inevitably sets in.

After finishing the variations I tried to distract myself by working on two different libretti ideas I had for an opera but I was only growing more restless and annoying to be with. My wife, most likely out of her own frustration with me, said, "Why don't you write another string quartet?." I thought, "Yah, right!....thanks a lot." She continued, "....something romantic...for me." I blew it off. But, after two weeks of driving everyone around more and more crazy and especially myself, there I was writing THE ROMANTIC for my wife who truly deserved it. I completed it in fifteen days.