Return To The Dead Sea is the last composition that I wrote for my Doctoral Composition recital, and it was specifically composed for and dedicated to my good friend Christopher Walker. This piece was written over a period of a year, and led me through much turmoil, as I found myself in the midst of a compositional language I hadnít yet explored. Return To The Dead Sea forced me to return to countless revisions and transformations, the main transformation being its form. The original one movement structure eventually transformed into three distinct movements with separate identities. The titles of the movements: I. Sand And Salt Pillars In The Heat Of Day, II. Moon Reflections Over Dark Water, and III. Coast Of Israel, Jordan On The Horizon, sound as if they could also be titles of paintings. That is indeed the idea. Although this music is an aural event, it also allows for a visual experience; it creates imagery and evokes programmatic scenes in my head.