Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Bhutan
Douglas J. McLaughlin
The Tiger's Nest is a Buddhist Monastery perched high on the side of a sheer cliff in Bhutan. Its remote and rather incomprehensible location, combined with its beauty, leave one with a very particular and poignant feeling.
The piano trio was commissioned by the Library of Congress at the request of Oliver Knussen to whom it is dedicated.
The form is basically one movement, which consists of two separate, and simultaneously developing ideas. There is however, a kind of extended coda which I title "envoi." This is meant to comment on the movement by in essence elevating the emotion I feel from one of its elements, to another degree.
— Marc Neikrug