Fine called this ten-minute work, commissioned and premiered by the Louisville Philharmonic Orchestra, "essentially an extended aria for string orchestra." Its moods shift between passion and tenderness, desperation and serenity. Its musical materials demonstrate the composer's fascination with modal harmonies and third-related keys. Framing the middle section in C minor are opening and closing sections centered on E sometimes major, sometimes minor and other times Phrygian in mode.
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