Dictionary of Falling Flowers
2020

For Violin and Percussion

Duration: 5'45" 

Co-commissioned by Lucia Lin and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music for "In Tandem."

Percussion list: 

- 3 wine glasses

- 3 wood planks

Recorded by Lucia Lin and Maria Finkelmeier in 2021.

Program Note:

This piece is a meditation on falling flowers. The "white flower meditation" is a meditation from my spiritual path, where one visualizes white flowers of peace falling all over the earth, while repeating the following mantras:

Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

May all beings everywhere be happy

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Om peace peace peace

The piece shows these flowers from different perspectives: first one flower, caught in the breeze, and eventually a chaotic sky full of flowers, jostling one another. Finally, I try to find the source of the flowers, up through and past earth's atmosphere, into space.

In my imagination, this piece is written for a hybrid offspring of the violin, violin

combined with wine glasses and wooden planks.