FANTASIA DI RITORNO for Flute or Violin and Harpsichord

Composer
Year of composition
2002
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
9 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
Large mixed ensemble
Instrumental parts

Fantasia di Ritorno is an exploration of the ground bass form; of the contrapuntal and emotional dialogue that can be spun out over repeating rhythmic patterns and harmonies. It also seems to have become something rather seriously transcendental, at least to some minds, following my only too brief friendship with musician extrordinaire Fred Kasper (1952-2000). We had many philosophical discussions, usually after several hours of playing duos from 18th century facsimiles. Some of those thoughtful back-and-forths touched on the soul and its possible survival and journey, about all of which he was quite skeptical. I nonetheless dedicate Ritorno to my friend, wherever and whenever he may be, as a kind of last word on the subject. Well, not last if I was correct!

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