was written in October 2000. The work was commissioned by Michigan State University for the Verdehr Trio, to whom the work is also dedicated. The work is anchored on the last movement, the longest of the three. The first two movements are reminiscent, as if one is hearing songs from a distant memory, and the music becomes real in the last movement. The music material is based on the rhythm and melodic motive of a Tibetan folk dance from Qinghai, a Chinese province by the border of Tibet, where I lived during my teenage years.
— Bright Sheng