Well then, a modern take-off it is. I just wanted to bring up a recurring theme of mine, that departures from ingrained expectations tend to leap out at you. You've already set up the expectations with the form of the piece. I'm not saying it isn't possible to make a wonderful interpretation, and I'm sure it will make its own statement.
The real secret of design is solving for all the conditions. It can often take you in unexpected directions. Your craftsmanship will make this work one way or the other.