The contents of Dissolution are primarily extracted from six or seven previous works of mine. It is autobiographical, as if reflecting on a photo album from my last four years. The piece begins patiently and methodically, but gradually becomes annoyed with itself, striving by turn to forget, contradict, and destroy what it set out to do.

Dissolution was commissioned by The Ives Ensemble of Amsterdam with funds from The Canada Council for the Arts, premiered in 1994, and lightly revised in 1997. It is dedicated to John Snijders, Richard Rijnvos, and the Ives Ensemble.