Martin Elster studied composition with Arnold Franchetti and studied percussion with Alexander Lepak at the Hartt College of Music - University of Hartford. He performs with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Connecticut Opera Association Orchestra, the Latin American folk music group "Tequila" and is also active as a solo recitalist. He teaches percussion at the Hartford Camerata Conservatory of Music and Dance, and is co-artistic director of the Studio of Electronic Music Inc., in Simsbury, Connecticut.
Both pieces in this set incorporate several types of modes and scales. The first pieces Adagio (Eternal Yearning), displays a poignant, plaintive melody that cries out in a stately, organ-like chorale. The second piece: October Light, is lively and dance-like in character - featuring a catchy tune with a rhythmic accompaniment.