Boston Fancies

Steven Stucky

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Performing Ensemble: Chamber Ensemble
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
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Quick Overview

"Boston Fancies" is a string of seven miniatures, played without pause and lasting together about 15 minutes. All the movements are based at least partly on a 12-note theme announced at the outset (though there is no classical serial technique). The music is scored for flute (alternating with alto flute), clarinet (alternating with bass), a percussionist, piano, violin, viola, and cello.

The seven movements comprise two interlocking series, titled Ritornelli and Fancies. The ritornelli, all in fast tempo, serve as introduction, linking interludes, and coda; but, unlike their Baroque namesake, they avoid literal repetition in favor of a thorough recomposing of the materials on each recurrence.

The ?fancies,? all slow, are so called both because they unfold in free, capricious forms, with none of the hard edges of the ritornelli, and because they give scope for soloistic elaboration. In contrast to the lean, unanimous manner of the fast movements, the fancies focus more intimately on subgroups of the ensemble: strings in the First Fancy, percussion (i.e., marimba and piano) in the Second, flute and clarinet in the Third.

The work was commissioned by the Boston Musica Viva with support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. Richard Pittman conducted the Boston Musica Viva in the first performance on 8 November 1985, in Cambridge.

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Scores & Parts

Boston Fancies - Full Score - Study

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Boston Musica Viva with support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities.
Composition Date 1985
Duration 00:15:00
Orchestration Fl.(A.Fl.) Cl.(B.Cl.) Perc. Pno. Vln. Vla. Vcl.
Premiere 15th November, 1985. Boston Musica Viva, conducted by Richard Pittman, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Details

Ritornello 1. Allegro marcato
First Fancy. Lento, senza rigore
Ritornello 2. Allegro
Second Fancy. Grave, quasi senza tempo
Ritornello 3. Allegro scorrevole
Third Fancy. Come improvvisando
Ritornello-Coda. Allegro