During a recent sojourn in Rome, I was
elated to visit Villa Borghese. This grand
home displays some of Italian master
sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s most
famous works. Among them is the
sculpture Apollo and Daphne, the
inspiration for this piano piece, which is a
musical recounting of the mythical story.
Bernini sculpted it in such a way as to make
everything seem alive and in motion. The
branches and roots growing from Daphne’s
hands and feet are so delicate. Both bodies are
soft and perfect. I wrote this piece to honor
Bernini’s masterpiece and to convey the
emotional story behind Apollo and Daphne.