4 1/2 min.
Viola and guitar
The idea for this piece came from a character created by the author Christopher Moore. A number of his books take place in San Francisco, and a man who believes himself to be its emperor wanders in and out of many stories. In one such novel, the emperor makes an insightful comment about how motion and activity are not always synonymous with progress. That idea seems particularly relevant to today’s society, and I wanted to explore it musically in this piece