This short piano piece was originally written to be a movement of another piano piece, though for some reason this movement didn’t fit in to the set of music I was writing and so it became independent and unperformed.
Immediately after this, I began writing my Piano Concerto No. 3 for the pianist Yu Kosuge, and I was hoping that perhaps this material would be a sketch or part of the piano concerto. Once again though it didn’t end up being included in the concerto either; I guess what this work is telling me is that it needs to be treated as an independent piano piece!
In “Waves”, it has two contrasting sections. The harmony of the first section is gently and perpetually twisted in a lyrical fashion (perhaps like the spiral shape of DNA) and the second section is quite rhythmic, carrying a similar harmonic sense.”