I was influenced by the great composer George Crumb when writing this work.  Crumb as a particular way of getting all the possible sounds out of an ensemble.  There is also something otherworldly about his music.  I have tried to capture the primitive nature of music found in Crumb.  The work opens with a primeval solo in the lowest register of the piano.  This alternates with a somewhat tentative percussion solo.  Finally the ‘cello has a say.  Fragments of ideas are repeated irregularly, interrupted by outbursts from the piano and percussion.  There is a climax, then calm.

     Next the ‘cello plays a more reserved melody, now supported by the piano.  These ideas are developed over time, and the tension builds again, reaching a  climax that recalls the piano opening.  The final section of the piece is a bow to Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. It is a slow moving meditation that features ‘cello harmonics and fragments of earlier ideas.

     This work received an Honorable Mention in the 2003 Kubik International Composition Competition.  Among the judges were John Harbison, Shulamit Ran and Krzysztof Penderecki.