Opus 637

Fantasy Variations (2005)

for Alto Saxophone and Piano

Duration: 6.5 min.

Dedication: for Paul Wehage and for George Perle on his 90th birthday

Commission: Commissioned in honor of George Perle’s 90th birthday

Publisher: Musik Fabrik

Performance materials available from the publisher.

Fantasy Variations (2005) for alto saxophone and piano was written for saxophonist Paul Wehage and is dedicated to him and to American composer George Perle (on his 90th birthday).

The work is cast as two presentations of the theme surrounding five free variations—all played without break. The theme serves as the basis of the musical material for the entire work as well as the structural template for each variation. Also, each variation contains material referring back specifically to the previous variation.

The opening theme is declamatory and massive. The first variation is fast and limber. The second variation is introspective and stratified. The third variation is fleeting. The fourth variation is distant and spare. The fifth variation is fast and driving, and the final theme begins whispered and slowly regains its declamatory nature before an intensely hammered coda.