Gwyneth Walker

Fantasy Etudes

for Violin and Piano (1992)

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Fantasy Etudes were composed for Margery Connor (pianist) and her 13-year-old daughter, Pamela Connor (violinist). The intent was to provide a suite of short pieces which could be enjoyed be performers of all ages.

The five movements have been given programmatic titles: "Countdown" (a short introductory piece in strict time, repeating pitches as if counting the beats); "Lyric" (a melody introduced in the violin, taken up by the piano, returning freely in the violin at the end); "Rough Rhythms" (in changing meters); "Romance" (a waltz, melody-with-accompaniment) and "Strolling on Frederick Street" (jaunty walking-music composed while the composer was living on Frederick Street in San Francisco).

Fantasy Etudes were premiered on May 12, 1992, in Syracuse, New York.

Notes by the composer


Errata in published edition:

In "Rough Rhythms," violin: third measure after letter A, third note should be A (not C)