Apple Fantasy

SKU: WMP-169

Apple Fantasy is a musical journey through a day in an apple orchard that develops its opening ostinato into six distinct movements.


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Program Note:

Apple Fantasy is a single, continuous movement composed of six, distinct sections: (i) First-bite Crunch, (ii) Orchard Breeze, (iii) Harvest Sunset, (iv) Baking, Bubbling, Steaming, (v) Cider Press, and (vi) Dew-covered Bushels. The piece and its sections take their names from the images I imagined while composing the piece. They evolved in parallel with the musical material as it grew and the piece took shape. It seemed to me that the different sections were depicting a full, 24-hour day, with “First-bite Crunch” happening in the morning, “Orchard Breeze” happening in the afternoon, and so on until the next morning (“Dew-covered Bushels”).

Musically, the entire piece grows out of the opening slow trill to create different grooves and moods while maintaining the sixteenth-note surface rhythm (except for the first half of “Bubbling, Baking, Steaming,” which maintains the ostinato gesture but as eighth notes). Many of the apple-related images I saw in the music were inspired by the various shapes and sounds of the ostinato. The opening snap is the “first-bite crunch.” The shift from simple to compound meter felt like a cool “orchard breeze.” In shifting the ostinato to eighth notes in “Baking, Bubbling, Steaming,” the music felt like it was seething. In contrast to these rhythm-inspired titles, “Cider Press,” was named after the continual twisting and tightening of its harmony. Likewise, “Harvest Sunset” was inspired by that section’s melodic flourishing, as if suddenly the sky and the apples reflected the same crimson red.

  • Year Composed: 2020-2021
  • Commissioned by: Hub New Music and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University
  • Instrumentation: Flute, clarinet, violin, cello
  • Duration: 13 minutes
  • Difficulty: Professional
  • Premiere: January 15, 2021 by Hub New Music
  • Performance History: complete performance list
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