Kreutzer Fantasy

Instrumentation: Violin, Cello, and Piano
Duration: 9 minutes
Recording Available: No
Performed: No
Catalog ID: RE1010
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Kreutzer Fantasy for violin, cello, and piano was inspired by Janacek's String Quartet No. 1-Kreutzer Sonata. Janacek's composition was inspired by Tolstoy's eponymous novella which in turn was inspired by Beethoven's sonata for violin and piano. While composing this work, I rediscovered Janacek's quartet and was amazed by his capacity for juxtaposing disparate musical ideas to create a dramatic work of art. Kreutzer Fantasy presents three distinct musical characters who struggle to define their identity.

Because this work has a limited harmonic vocabulary, it exploits contrasts of dynamics and rhythm. Although not entirely monothematic, Kreutzer Fantasy builds upon my recent compositional explorations that conserve musical materials and create a dramatic musical structure. Kreutzer Fantasy was completed in 2004.