Underneath all of its silk-toned finery, there lurks an indigenous quality in the flute reminiscent of its ancient, woody ancestors - lute, recorder, and pan-flute. When I was commissioned in 2000 by Young Concert Artists to create a recital work for flutist Mimi Stillman, I immediately began to fantasize about a piece with some kind of primordial flavor. After taking note of her special gifts, I settled on a continuous, four-movement form that would seamlessly present her wide variety of playing in a unified fashion. The Aristotelian categories of matter - Earth, Water, Air, Fire - attracted because of their suggestive possibilities, while providing a blank slate regarding overall form.
Solo parts included: Flute