A Dream of Walking (2003) - Dan Becker
for piano and violin
Commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers;
Premiered January, 2003 - San Francisco, CA
The title A Dream of Waking comes from some Buddhist writings, and was used in a passage describing the peculiarities of our human consciousness. The phrase kept haunting me as I was writing this piece, and seemed to capture some of its qualities: a restless state of self-searching, an ambiguous sense of directionality, a dreamlike sense of time. For me, the piece almost seems to be struggling with itself to comprehend just whether it is awake, or dreaming, ...or something in between.
Approx. Duration: 13'20"