violin solo, is a suite of four movements, each depicting a
mythological beast. The first movement, "Chimæra," like its namesake,
is composed of several broadly diverse elements that improbably are
brought together to make a whole. The second movement, "Minotaur (the
Maze)," depicts the Cretan labyrinth that housed the Minotaur through
an intricate stream of notes that doubles back on itself, encounters
walls, finds the maze's center, and retraces its path out to safety.
The "Sphinx" offers its question three times: first, to a very nervous
traveler who answers incorrectly and is devoured; next, to a traveler
who answers with bravado -- but still incorrectly -- and is also eaten;
and, finally, to Oedipus, who answers with somber assurance, destroying
the Sphinx. The final movement, "Pegasus," is a galloping romp through
the sky by the beautiful winged white horse.