Music of the Day - 'Sonnet in Search of a Moor'

'Sonnet in Search of a Moor' is a wonderful little composition by Duke Ellington and one of the lesser known pieces on the ’57 Album ‘Such Sweet Thunder’. The album is a series of pieces that drew their inspiration from the works of Shakespeare. I’ve always loved this particular composition for its understated and quiet brilliance. It is concise, catchy, unconventional and dense in a way that will keep you on your toes. A sort of amuse-bouche that makes you curious for more, without giving you more, when I first encountered this piece I couldn’t help but listen to it ad nauseam.