Commissioned in 2011 by the Odyssey Chamber Music Series in Columbia, Missouri, this composition sought to present a chamber concerto for tenor saxophone that would become a kind of instrumental chamber opera with the soloist portraying the central role. The title comes from a translation of poet Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend," written in response to the untimely death, at 31, of Paula Modersohn-Becker, the innovative and empathetic portrait painter. She was an artist who made a remarkable and determined journey through several very different artistic communities to find her own truth. In this three movement work, the soloist also journeys through, and interacts closely with, a series of powerful and contrasting musical environments. The choice of tenor saxophone was first a response to the beautifully lyrical playing of my colleague, Leo Saguiguit, the soloist for the premiere, but also to the appreciation I've gained for the instrument - its amazing range of colors and inherent human vulnerability -- through other projects I've been lucky enough to experience, working with Carrie Koffman, Eleri Ann Evans and Jan Berry Baker .