Bernstein wrote many pieces as tributes to his close friends and family,
and called them Anniversaries. This one was dedicated to his friend, composer Lukas Foss.
"It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts. Invention does not fall upon a blank mind. Any creator owes a debt to past creation. The artist falls passionately in love with art that already exists. This is the first step." ~Lukas Foss