Today's piece is sponsored by Michael Rector and Sylvia Hong. They welcomed their son, Solon, in March of 2015, and this piece is for him. Solon's name is inspired by the eponymous Greek statesman, who is known as one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece due to his contributions to the foundations of democracy. I recently covered some of the Ancient Greeks' contributions to music theory in my music history course, so I borrowed loosely from a couple of Cleonides' species of consonances (which are forerunners of church modes and eventually our modern ideas about scales) to form the pitch content of the piece). My goal was to communicate the strength, thoughtfulness and convictions that Solon embodied - traits suitable to serve a child as he grows up and makes his way in the world.
So, this one's for you, baby Sol. Let your mom and dad sleep a little bit now, ok?