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I had conceived the ideas for Moth long before it was written down on paper, having been kept awake on many occasions during the summer nights by the sounds of these fluttering insects. The sounds were fragmented by intervals of long silence, but they came so suddenly even the heaviest of sleepers would be irritated.
Moths are beautiful and eerie nocturnal creatures; they use a celestial navigation system which keeps them flying in a straight line, but however are unable to resist bright objects nearby.
In Moth, by using two violins, I have juxtaposed the serene attraction of the bright light, with the nervous and agitated behaviour of a single moth. Placing the violin parts closely together - both striving for a common goal, yet always in conflict with each other - I have attempted to portray the struggle of the poor creature who is forever trying to reach the moon.
Chen (Tony) Lin
17 Jul 2008: Performed by Ben Morrison and Jun Bouterey-Ishido at the Great Hall, Arts Centre, Christchurch