part of this piece is the last work I wrote as an undergraduate at the
University of Washington. After graduating, I was hoping to use it
as the second movement of a piano concerto, the first and last movements
being the outer movements of my Piano Sonata. The
"Introduction" was written at that point as a cadenza.
The concerto opportunity did not materialize, however, and the music did
not seem to mesh well with the other two movements of the sonata.
So I wrote another second movement to the Sonata, and this became
a separate work (again).
I did a lot of experimenting
in college, and this movement is a softening. It is almost pointillist
at times, but is quite dramatic, which was in character.