When I first learned this piece a number of years ago I never knew how to interpret it, and maybe still don’t. It’s at times dissonant, mournful and dramatic but also reflective, melodic and hopeful. I think the same can be said about the time we’re living in. We may live in an era catastrophe, uncertainty and polarization but we can’t be blind to the signs of innovation, feelings of togetherness and calls for justice emerging around us. Humanity has outgrown the systems of the past so necessarily they will fail causing confusion and conflict. But in the wake of this turbulence we also are designing the institutions of the future which hopefully will reflect a more just, equitable and united worldwide community.