Fantaisies and/et Allusions (1969)
This work was composed at the request of the late Peter Smith, the composer's student friend, who had founded a saxophone quartet shortly before becoming Principal Clarinetist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa).
The work, which unfolds through seven movements, was composed a few months after my composition for large orchestra, Les Jours, a ballet also conceived in seven movements.
Two fantasies in particular deserve special attention. "Aléa " where two duos play independently of each other, and "Ranz des vaches - pastorale", which is a controlled improvisation.
The titles :
Fantaisie : Ostinato
Fantaisie : Aléa
Fantaisie : Canon
Fantaisie : Ranz des vaches – pastorale