One of the most exciting elements of being a musician is collaborating with other artists, especially when the people involved gather from great distances. However, I often find myself experiencing a bittersweet feeling once the performance concludes and everyone returns home. Longing was inspired by one such collaboration; a successful performance with new colleagues left me eager for another event, yet I struggled with a sense of loss. This work is a reflection on the emotions I commonly experience following a successful performance: lingering excitement from the event itself, momentary melancholy following its conclusion, and renewed determination to establish future collaborations.
Longing begins with a violent outburst from the piano, and the space created by the piano and gayageum during this short introductory sequence creates an unsettling atmosphere before exploding into a motoric rhythm first heard from the gayageum. After minutes of nearly constant and exhausting rhythmic activity, the music turns toward the meditative as it explores a soft, introspective split between the instruments. Finally, the music funnels into a series of aggressive rhythmic figures once again as it pushes toward its fiery conclusion.