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Fantasy on a Theme of Schubert

Instrumentation: violin, piano
Duration: 5:00
Year Composed: 2008
Alternate Title: Schubert Fantasy


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Program Notes

What attracted me to "Die liebe Farbe" (The Beloved Colour) from the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin (The Beautiful Miller Girl) is its haunting melody and the simplicity of its stark contrapuntal lines. I was also intrigued by the F-sharp pedal that pulses without let-up for the song's entire duration. The song's text, on the other hand, was of little consequence to me in this context. The Fantasy opens with the theme, in its original key, high up in eerie violin harmonics, shadowed in loose canon by the piano. The first episode gradually departs from the theme, initiating a process over the course of which the theme is further distorted at each recurrence—intervalically, rhythmically and especially harmonically—culminating in a lyrical outpouring, underscored by a G-pedal, with splashy diatonic cluster chords in the piano. But a sombre mood returns and the music drifts off into the stratosphere of register.


Performances

  • Mar 13, 2016—Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak, Michel Szczesniak
    Queen's Faculty Artists Series, The Isabel, Kingston, ON
  • Nov 2, 2013—Leslie Ting, Sarah Hagen
    Gallery 345, Toronto
  • Nov 1, 2013—Leslie Ting, Sarah Hagen
    Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society
  • May 25, 2013—David Lakirovich, Marc Widner
    St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Anglican Church, Toronto
  • Mar 31, 2009—Lynn Kuo, Marianna Humetska
    COC Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Toronto
  • Nov 22, 2008—Alain Bouvier, Michael Esch
    Robert Rival Doctoral Recital, U of T
  • Aug 5, 2008—Donnie Deacon, Frédéric Lacroix
    Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

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