The word Portent is defined as a sign or omen that signifies an event of great importance or consequence.  I wrote this piece as a concert opener or festival selection.  Sometimes, when a composer is writing, ideas start as small seeds and grow over time.  This one, however, arrived full-blown and ready to go in one flash of inspiration.  After the initial idea, it took me 4 hours to write.  It was one of the most heated, lightning fast compositional experiences of my life.