Dedicated to International Sejong Soloists, and commissioned for them by Young Ho Kim, president of Ilshin Spinning Co., Ltd.Murmurs in the Mist of Memory
is a 4-movement work that was composed in 2001. The piece possesses a wide spectrum of nuance, at times lyrical, abstract, passionate, subtle, vivid, aggressive, colorful, floating, rhythmic, elegant, clean, or light.
Each movement features a different attribute of the Soloists' phenomenal technique individual and collective left hand as well as bow arm. The aim was to capture, concisely, a specific "universe"
in each movement in the short space of 3 or 4 minutes, such that the musicians would escort the listener through a mini suite of diverse expeditions into remembrances.
Each of the movements is inspired by a short poem of Emily Dickinson. Each poem reveals impressions to do with light.
Augusta Read Thomas