Fantasy Pieces

Fantasy Pieces (2018)
for Viola and Piano

I. Excursion
II. Song without Words
III. Night Flight

Commissioned by I-Chia Tseng

World Premiere:
April 13, 2018
I-Chia Tseng Viola Recital 2018
Zyxel Auditorium, Arts Center, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
I-Chia Tseng, viola; Chun-Wei Liu, piano
I-Chia Tseng Viola Recital Poster
Duration: 13 minutes

Program Notes

Fantasy Pieces
for viola and piano is a commissioned piece by violist I-Chia Tseng for her recital in 2018. Inspired by Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, this piece has three movements with the same title in English of Schumann’s piece; however, it is different from Schumann’s piece in the way that each movement has its own title, which is inspired by another three works.

The first movement, “Excursion”, is inspired by Samuel Barber’s Excursions, Op. 20. It includes an ostinato throughout the whole movement, while having a nostalgic pentatonic melody on viola. Scenes of the surroundings, portraying in the music, are frequently changed in a steady walking tempo. The second movement, “Song without Words”, is inspired by Felix Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte. With highly chromatic harmonic progressions, a simple tune becomes no longer simple. Many melodic fragments are hidden inside the music to symbolize the precious yet forgotten time. The third and final movement, “Night Fight”, is inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Vol de Nuit. Flying at night makes a journey dangerous and unpredictable. In the second section of this movement, it is falling in a huge musical line as that a flight is lost at night. Sometimes things get out of control, but we still pluck up courage to face difficulties in our life.



– Feng-Hsu Lee (March 11, 2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)


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