Composed as a commissioned piece by Vive! Saxophone Quartet. This piece consists of two movements featuring different musical motifs, with the first movement entitled "Dreamscape" and the second movement entitled "Awakening."
The first movement opens with the feeling of being suspended in space through the use of the halfdiminished seventh chord (also known as the minor seventh flat five chord or the halfdiminished chord). The piece then proceeds through a section without a clear key before settling down into a definitive G minor key, from which the music starts to unfold. The respective notes bear a close relationship with each other and give rise to countless echoes. The word "Dreamscape" is used to draw attention to the beauty, ephemeral nature, and faint memories associated with this movement.The second movement, "Awakening," is both lively and intense. It wanders between the real and the surreal by employing explosive energy, emotion, and unstable notes in a tonal system.
While the title does not seek to establish an absolute image, the moon is both a symbol of beauty and associated with lunacy.The contrast between the two movements that differ in their very nature, as well as in their tonality/atonality, brings to mind something that exists despite not really existing. I have attempted to capture this through the word "virtual," and I have thus named the piece "Virtual Moon."
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