James Naigus


Solstice was composed in 2014 and was written for and dedicated to Wayne Lu. The solstice is the midpoint of either summer or winter occurring on what would be the longest or shortest day of the year, respectively. In what was a relatively long and harsh winter, I found the duality between the season's cold bleakness and softened beauty enchanting. This piece journeys through these contrasting states of being, but does not always settle harmoniously, as the winter is only half over and darkness continues to ominously pervade.

Available through Veritas Musica Publishing