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”.
“I did not sit down, one day, and decide I would write “Three Narratives,” says Jason McKinney. “The piece just happened to come together during a very difficult time in my life. The structure of the piece, the melodies inside the structure—these were all comforts to me, a way of coping.”
Laura composed “First Flight” to honor her friend Rebecca Lessard, founder of Wings of Wonder, a raptor rehabilitation center and sanctuary based in Empire, MI.
In Baldwin’s “Landscapes”, the music delves into the life story of the artist, evoking the symbolism of the imagery while translating it into the unique timbres of the quartet.
In “On Holt Avenue”, each of the four movements presents a small vignette from Jenni’s memories of daily life in her apartment in a particular Los Angeles neighborhood.
The flute is capable of so many modern special effects and extended techniques that a large swath of modern flute music tends to explore these extra-musical sounds and effects rather than drawing the listener in. Bonnie’s music manages to be undeniably modern yet unquestionably musical.
“Five Songs for Kathleen” is a brilliant song cycle combining the often bittersweet imagery of the poets’ lines with Deborah’s signature warm and graceful melodic writing.