Imaginary Dances

for Orchestra

Robert Maggio

Duration: 00:34:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"Imaginary Dances" is a nine-part concerto for orchestra, divided into three parts, each consisting of three contrasting movements. From part to part, the work is a set of variations on three separate themes which sometimes reflect, and sometimes contrast with one another. The lyrical, spacious fugues, named ?Reflections,? ?Dreams,? and ?Memories? in a reverse-order homage to psychologist C.G. Jung, sound little like the classical structure of that name but are rather a kind of emotional reworking of the struggling interplay of themes that a fugue deals with. The waltz sections, labeled ?Unfamiliar,? ?Dangerous? and ?Vanishing,? strive for a bright, sprightly sense of humor. The remaining sections, ?The Krunch? in part one, ?The March? in part two and ?The End? at the close, punctuate the work with insistent reminders of a sense of struggle, perhaps suggesting and eager, questioning kind of battle.

Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition in 1990, "Imaginary Dances" was composed for conductor Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, who premiered it in January 1992. Later that year, the composer received an ASCAP/Foundation Grant to Young Composers for this work. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra sight-read and recorded for radio broadcast a three movement suite from the piece, which was a finalist in the 1993 CSO National Young Composers Competition.

Additional Information

Commission 1990 Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University
Composition Date 1991
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 3 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
Premiere Oakland East Bay Symphony, Michael Morgan, conductor; January 24, 1992, Calvin Simmons Theater, Oakland, CA