The poem is a reflection of the transient nature of love and life. The gamelan, being an intergral part of a traditional which sees life as cyclic, maybe offers a balance. I have endeavoured to express this polarity by using traditional materials in non-traditional ways.
The players must blend their individual sounds to form one constantly evolving timbre. From the opening timbral cell, longer and longer chains of sound are unravelled, always passing through the initial material then spinning off in a new direction. After the longest central chain of sound the chains get progressively shorter, until we return to the original cell. This growth and decay of material give the piece its overall arch shape.