Fantaisie Impromptu for Flute and String Orchestra

Fantaisie Impromptu for Flute and String Orchestra

Versions:

  • Flute and String Orchestra (1999)
  • Flute and Piano (2004)

Works

Technical Information

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)

Program Notes

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.

Commissioning

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.

Fantaisie Impromptu was recorded for the Romancing Chopin album

Recordings:

Reviews:

“Conductor Matthew Jaskiewicz conducts the Toronto Sinfonietta in Romancing Chopin, an ambitious album that brings together several exceptional soloists and a pair of Canadian composers in a tribute to Chopin’s continuing legacy. Ronald Royer, composer in residence with the ensemble, contributes three substantial works of his own as well as several arrangements of Chopin’s chamber works…quite a fascinating release.” - WholeNote Magazine, Daniel Foley – Feb 1-Mar.7, 2002 Read More Read More
“Under [guest conductor Michel] Brousseau’s commanding direction both [clarinetist Simon] Cole and [flutist Don] Bond brought to the audience a most amazing tribute to Fryderyk Chopin, composed by Canadian Ronald Royer. With Brousseau evoking the most subtle, sweetest melody, the [Prince George Symphony] orchestra was completely in tune, on time and a new modern treasure was introduced to Prince George audiences.” -The Free Press Read More Read More