Moya's "Quentin," on the other hand, is a roughly 10-minute composition that the composer based on the internal struggle of Quentin Compson in William Faulkner's literary masterpiece "The Sound and the Fury." The music reflects the neurotic, reductive introspection that eventually causes Compson to commit suicide, the final moments of Moya's score devolving into the "quiet undulations of a ruminative mind at the brink of exhaustion" (in Moya's own words).
Miller said Moya's piece is crafted specifically to unsettle with its use of uncommon meter and moments of dissonance. She added that the challenge will be welcome.
"There are some things that can throw you off and make you uncomfortable," she said. "But that's kind of exciting, too."
If You Go What MSO Music on the Hill: "Spring Breezes" When 2 p.m. on Sunday Where Good Counsel Chapel, 170 Good Counsel Drive in Mankato Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Available by calling 507-625-8880 or visiting www.mankatosymphony.com.