The Suite for Israel was inspired by the composer’s visit in 2004. The melody of the first movement emerged while looking out over the desert and watching the birds at sunset. All the animals, brush, and rocks looked very small in relation to the vast desert and the perceived the passage of time accelerated as evening emerged. The dance-like second movement remembers the nomadic Bedouin of Israel and incorporates Middle Eastern scales and rhythmic patterns. The third movement was inspired by northern Israel, a beautiful countryside of rolling hills and farms, including the kibbutzim Deganya Aleph and Bet by Lake Kineret (Galilee).