My goals for Four Ethereal Planes have slightly changed, but the artistic intent for the piece largely remains the same. This concerto will feel a little more standard in its overall form than I previously thought, but in a way, I think the piece is much better in that regard. There are still plenty of opportunities for all of the players to put their own interpretation on the material that they're given, especially for all of the improvisation that occurs.
Take the second movement of this piece, for example - "The Dance That Never Was." Put simply, it's a ballad. Artistically speaking, it's a ballad for the moments in life that never happened - the risks not taken, the opportunities missed, and so on. A mixture of both longing and sadness, the emotion of it all is what really drives the core ideas of this movement.
Take a listen to a rough demo of the movement above; all improvisations were performed by me for the sake of this demo.