Fantasy for Orchestra
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2003)
genre: symphony orchestra
length: 1 movement, 10:00 minutes
orchestration: 3fl(pic), 2ob, 2cl, 2bn;
4hn, 3tpt, 3tbn(bs), tba;
timp, 4perc, pno; strings
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440

world premiere: 18 October 2003
Johnstown Symphony OrchestraIstvan Jaray, conductor
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center; Johnstown, Pennsylvania
program notes: "Fantasy for Orchestra" was commissioned by the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra for their 75th Anniversary celebration.
composer's note: Maintaining a persistent beat throughout, "Fantasy for Orchestra" begins with a dramatic and highly energetic theme stated immediately in the violins. The range of expression is wide, moving from dance-like rhythms—making use of irregular meters—to rather dreamy textures. Throughout much of the work, even in the softer, more fantasy-like middle section, the use of percussion—gongs, cowbells, and various drums—is prevalent.