From the composer: "After many years writing cadenzas, transcriptions and reductions of orchestral works, I decided to take the plunge and try my hand at writing a piece of my own. It is my privilege to dedicate this first effort to Viviane Spanoghe, my musical partner, muse, and benevolent critic for the past 40 years. Another considerable debt is to the composer Peter Swinnen, whose formidable erudition and expertise helped transform an idea into a musical word. Lastly, I discovered Hildegard von Bingen, whose genius struck me so forcefully through the ages; she gave me the material prima and the will to complete this essay."