This is the piece I have been wrestling with for some time. It is still not finished; you'll notice it ends too abruptly, and in places is skeletal and unrefined. But here it is, anyway.
I started this with etLux's (Dave's) advice in mind: "Take risks". For me, this piece was risky, although I am at a bit of a loss to say exactly why. Maybe the ever-shifting slight dissonances that often evaded or at least taxed my compositional abilities, and trying to find a good climactic point and integrating various motifs effectively in it... all contributed to why this took (is still taking) so long.
And the title, while taken from the poem noted below, also somehow bring to mind for me the title of Dave's piece "A Woman of Windswept Years". Something about both titles' moods that seems to carry a similar feeling for me. So thanks, "etLux" for your advice; it is always good, and though I may not have taken it as far as I may one day, it felt like a step.
It was inspired by and based on lines from T.S. Eliot's poem "Ash Wednesday": Lady of Silences / Calm and Distressed / Torn and most whole / Rose of Memory / Rose of Forgetfulness / Exhausted and Life-giving / Worried reposeful / The single Rose /Is now the Garden/ Where all loves end/ Terminate torment / Of love unsatisfied..." etc
This should automatically open a player on a high-speed line: http://www.soundclick.com/player/sin...d=5744701&q=hi
As always, thanks so much for listening.