The suite is arranged for flute, clarinet, & harp, and contains three distinct movements. “I wanted each to capture a different mood or scene you might expect to find during a céilidh—the Scottish-Gaelic word for a party with singing, dancing, and storytelling,” Jason explains.
As I was writing this short waltz, I was picturing a hot and humid summer night, with a warm wind blowing and the cicadas and crickets chirping…
Within our Summer Fantasies concert program, there are three pieces I’ve dubbed “reveries”. I refer to them this way primarily as an intentional nod to their French origins, but also because each was inspired by or intended to evoke a dream-like fantasy.
In our modern era, it’s almost inconceivable for us to envision music being written and performed expressly for a single occasion. However, it was exactly that sort of one-time occasion that prompted King George II to commission Händel in 1749 to write “Music for the Royal Fireworks”.