CLARA-LUNA is commissioned by the Singapore International Violin Competition as a set work for its 2018 competition. I had the great honour of working with Professor Qian Zhou while composing this piece, as she kindly read through the work-in-progress with much detail and demonstrated numerous excerpts of the Ysaÿe sonatas that involved idiomatic and virtuoso writing for the solo violin.
When I was working this piece, my newborn daughter Clara was turning one month old and we held a customary celebration at our baby's full moon - thus the title. As new parents, my wife and I were constantly amused by the little noises that our baby makes, and how she manages to surprise us with new sounds on a daily basis. I also never knew that there is such a huge variety of baby sounds until I became a parent! This piece is my way of remembering these special moments, as I know well
that these wailing, squeals, and cute hiccupping sounds would one day disappear, as she grows up.