Slumber Music for cello and piano (2008)

Slumber Music was not what I intended to write. When I sat down to compose the first movement, I had planned to take a melody and distort it, break it, and disrupt it. However, once the melody started to play out, I couldn’t bear to harm it. Instead of twist and mangle the melody, I decided to leave it alone and let it simply be what it was. The second movement started from a lost fragment of harmonies that I found scribbled on some old staff paper. The chords are gorgeous so I chose not to change them and added a simple melody in the cello to stand alongside the repetitive harmony. My music has recently been about peace and serenity and these two short pieces are a part of my new path.

Performed by James Fiste and Zhihua Tang.

Download the score: Slumber Music