I would say this piece is a ‘compositional response’ to a sketch by my fellow composer friend, Lara Poe. When both of us initially discovered that we were writing for the same combination of instruments (flute, viol da gamba & harpsichord; the viol was later substituted with viola for my piece in light of unfortunate circumstances), I suggested that it would be nice to write ‘twinned’ pieces. Lara was up for it. She showed me her sketch, and I wrote my piece. I then showed my piece to her, and she wrote hers—repose II.
In this piece, moments of ‘scurrying-about’ are followed by moments of ‘water-droplet’ calmness—or repose. In particular, I explore for how long I am able to sustain a moment of calmness, just before the calmness turns into tension as one anticipates the next thing to happen.