Duration – 5:50
A) Fantaisie Impromptu for Flute and String Orchestra (1999)
B) Flute and Piano (2004) (piano part by Chris Meyer and Ronald Royer)
The Fantaisie-Impromptu is a fantasy based upon the Impromptu No.3 in G flat Major, Op. 51 by Fryderyk Chopin, and strives to maintain the light-hearted spontaneity of the original. Fantaisie Impromptu is in a Rondo form (ABACA), with an introduction and coda section. The main melody (A section) makes use of the notes of Chopin’s main melody (with minor alterations), but changes Chopin’s rhythm and harmony to give the music a more 20th century feel. The contrasting B Section is based upon a motive from the original Chopin melody while the C section is based on still another part of Chopin’s composition. In the C section, the composer inserts one melody of his own, a Bartok-like folk melody. The composition ends with an energetic coda, complete with a slight variation of Chopin’s own ending to his Impromptu.
In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra, Fantaisie-Impromptu, for Flute and String Orchestra, Nocturne, for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1999); Polish Canadian Society of Music and Toronto Sinfonietta, commissioners; grants by Laidlaw Foundation and the City of Toronto Millennium Grants Program.