Silent Moon was composed from January 28 through January 30, 2009. The name is derived from the composer commenting to his daughter on the beautiful sliver of a moon viewed at the time. The “sliver” moon became the “silent” moon.
Set in the dark yet warm key of C-sharp minor Silent Moon can be described as Brahms, Schumann or Chopin meets jazz. The classical nature comes from the initial harmonic vocabulary, arpeggiated melody and overall ethos. The jazz nature comes from the syncopated melody and jazz chords used for landing areas. The A section repeats a flowing melodic fragment which opens up to more lyrical treatment in the B section. Here is where the tragic-romantic ethos breathes. A restatement of the A section a second time brings us to a harmonically different B section followed by a last full original A/B restatement bringing us to the opening gesture for fade out at the conclusion.
As silent as a sliver moon.