Fantasies of the Solar Seasons

Fantasies of the Solar Seasons

 

Program Notes

Fantasies of the Solar Seasons is a cycle of four fantasies unified by a central harmonic language, octatonicism. This language manifests itself in a unique way within each fantasy.  The cycle is balanced by unification and polarity. Where one fantasy exhibits certain characteristics, the opposing fantasy exhibits contrasting ideas to those characteristics. Furthermore, each pair of opposing fantasies exhibits contrasting ideas from the other pair.  The harmonic language is inspired by my mentor BJ Brooks who has used octatonicism extensively in his music for the past fifteen years. At first, composing a cycle using a musical device that has become almost synonymous with my mentor’s name appeared to be a daunting task; however, I believe that I have succeeded in paying homage to him while allowing my personal voice to come through.

 

 

Fantasy on the Eve of a Summer Solstice

Fantasy on the Eve of a Autumn Equinox

Fantasy on the Eve of a Winter Solstice

Fantasy on the Eve of a Vernal Equinox