"Silver Leaf" was written for Bailey Pavitt-Graff. Bailey desired a piece that was lyrical and playful, so we created a piece in ABA form that offers both. Silver Leaf, also known as Jewel Weed, is a common plant that grows along the riverbanks. When its leaves are submerged in water, they have a bright, silvery sheen. I imagine the lyrical opening as a serene walk through a shady glen along a gentle stream. In the playful middle, the stream bubbles and sparkles of light reflect on its surface and the bright jewel leaves draping into the water. At the end, the afternoon sunshine is radiant, even blinding. Finally, the piece winds to a sweet, unhurried close. This work is part of a series in collaboration with Claire Allen and her studio to create new works for violin.