The title refers to the musical material first heard in the second half of the piece, which is a reprise of the theme of the fifth of my Five Breaths in the New Year 2004 for piano solo. The mood of the earlier piece however is quite different, being slower and meditative; here by contrast it is monumental and militaristic. The piece’s opening on the other hand is much gentler; a spacious melody is heard over the sustained broken chords of the secondo part. I am indebted to Andy Gomez for the jazz riff upon which it is based.
Composed in Yogyakarta in January 2005 for the concert given the following month at Theatre Utan Kayu, Jakarta of my pieces for piano for two and four hands. The performers on this occasion were Ross Carey and Andy Setiawan.