Three Little Fantasies


wind quintet
Woodwind Ensemble
First Performance
(revised version) June 1983, Kingston Polytechnic:members of London Sinfonietta

Score 0-571-50879-0 and parts 0-571-51377-8 on sale

Programme Notes

The slow movement of Three Little Fantasies is a quite elaborate Klangfarbenmelodie realization of the ‘Cloud-piece’ in my Hums and songs of Winnie-the-Pooh, and the outer pieces are variations on the melody. The first (very short) contrasts solo cadenzas with different choral groupings, and the last begins as a strict canon at four different speeds, ‘thwarted’ from time to time by tiny unrelated figures which then have to be absorbed into the canonic machinery. Diadactic considerations aside (they were originally – perhaps unrealistically! – intended as etudes in such things for young players) the Three Little Fantasies are concentrated in manner and light in effect, and this note takes as long to read as a movement to play.

© Oliver Knussen

Three Little Fantasies were originally written for the Van Walsum Ensemble, who gave the first performance in Hilversum, Holland on 19 april 1970. The revised version was made for members of the London Sinfonietta who gave the first performance in an informal concert at Kingston Polytechnic in June 1983. Duration: c. 7 minutes

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