A friend suggested that I write a violin concerto, and I have one in process. It starts from big violin tunes, melodies. The style is rather traditional, using a classical-sized orchestra and most often a regular pulse. It doesn't feel like nostalgia to me, though, it feels alive in every fiber. I've been listening to the Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Bartok, and Higdon concerti, hmm, also Ligeti and Norgaard, I guess. The Schoenberg appeals to me most right now, in its lyrical moments especially. But I'm aiming for something as transparent as Mozart, and as lively.