Fantasy on a Tale is as its title suggests – pure fantasy. The characters in the two Eastern European tales are the storyteller herself and the listening children. They are all caught up in a musical dreamlike sequence where anything is possible from a boy’s love affair with a spider to a magical ride on three fiery horses into the cold, starry night.
flute, oboe, clarinet in A, horn, bassoon
DATE OF COMPOSITION
26 May 1999 (World Premiere) Mark Underwood flute/ Nicholas Benda oboe/ Susan Bishop clarinet/ William Prince horn/ Naoko Matsutani bassoon
Holywell Music Room, Oxford, UK
1999 Pleiades Quintet
Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth, Wales.