Battle Fantasy - Fl, Pno
  • Battle Fantasy - Fl, Pno
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Battle Fantasy for Flute and Piano is a semi-programmatic piece meant to evoke imagination from the audience. The piece was written with a specific program in mind, but not meant to be listened to knowing the program. The audience member is meant to take the context (a battle) and while listening hear their own story. This idea grew from the concept of a conductor collaborating with a composer. There are times where a conductor will take liberties and interpret a piece much differently than a composer meant. Fascinated with this idea, I felt it possible to draw this effect on a smaller, more intimate scale. When listening to this Battle Fantasy, it is meant for the listener to hear the piece and, as if reading a story, hear what the piece tells them.
The piece has three main sections, a fast beginning, a slow middle, and a faster ending, as is common in a classical sonata, however, the compositional techniques are much more modern in feel. The whole tone scale is emphasized as well as the diminished fifth. A split fifth chord creates an ethereal feel in the slow section, and there is a rapid close into the end. This piece is dedicated to my professor Timothy Best, who showed me the beauty and awe of modern music. Without him, this piece would not be possible and my compositional awareness would be much narrower.

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