Chen Yi: Totem Poles

The music reflected the mystery and sometimes the brutality of the life [that American Indian] totem poles represent. It moved from full organ to a middle section of celeste chords with a haunting melody; the final section, which was very dissonant, returned to the full organ of the opening, with interjections of the celeste and the haunting melody again, ending with a lovely softness.

–The American Organist