This work was purpose-written upon request from one of the schools I work in, as a companion piece for my solo work Hazine (Treasure). The musical material here needed to be in a similar vein: that is, using exotic modality in a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean style, which in this case alternates with a more jazz-fusion-based, contemporary sound.
The title originates from a tale by the great storyteller Nasreddin Hoca, called ‘Hide and Seek’. The protagonist says at the end “If you do not look in your own heart first, then you will not find wisdom”. My work consists of 5 short, intuitively-composed ‘meditations’, linked together by either solo saxophone cadenza-like passages, or pianistic interludes.
To reflect a little upon the purpose of this work’s composition, the last of said meditations is actually ‘old wine in new bottles’, so to speak: it revamps and then develops, in a written-out improvisation, a melody and accompaniment I composed when in my final year of high school, seeing as I was writing this for an advanced student in their own final year of high school.