The “Movement” 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.
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.