Fantasy on the Eve of a Summer Solstice

Fantasy on the Eve of a Summer Solstice 

for clarinet and percussion

professional | 8 minutes


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Program Notes

Fantasy on the Eve of a Summer Solstice takes advantage of its instrumentation to focus on rhythmic rather than thematic development. The primary unifying device of this piece is the concept of addition. The main rhythmic theme introduced by the taiko in the introduction is constructed from a dotted rhythm head motive and a “counting” tail motive (3, 4, 5, 6). The counting motive manifests itself in a unique way in each subsequent section of the piece. The manifestations include rhythmic layers, number of pitch classes in the harmony, phrase length, and quality of harmony.

Austin Brake
October 2012
Canyon, Texas