In the commission request from Teikyo Asaka High School Wind Orchestra, the director asked that since his students often suffer from problems from home, might I compose a piece offering spiritual support for the young musicians. I was inspired by Bertolt Brecht's Der kaukasische Kreidekreis (The Caucasian Chalk Circle) parable about a girl who steals an aristocratic baby and ultimately proves a more suiting parent than the birth mother.
As the complicated story resolves, Azdak, a judge, declares that the boy's "true" mother will be able to pull him from the center of a chalk circle. If both women pull, they will tear the child in half. The peasant girl Grusha sings of her deep love for Michael as she refuses to pull and thus harm the boy. She ultimately gains the child and an honorable title. So, I wished to share this thought that other people can help resolve one's problems in unexpected ways.
This collection does not follow the entire story, being constructed from selected scenes. The Caucasian villagers’ dances introduce and conclude the piece, and the remainder of the work is derived from descriptions of Grusha’s lullaby of love for Michael and her flight to the northern mountains with the child.