CORAL FANTASY (1994) piano trio (vln/vc/pf)
Duration: 8 minutes
Programme note The seed of inspiration for Coral Fantasy came from a dancer friend who suggested the delights of writing a ballet about life under the sea: “Imagine the movements, the colours, the costumes.” I was lucky to be able to take advantage of recent trips to Hawaii and Australia to observe the exotic life of the coral reefs in these tropical waters. Coral Fantasy is a celebration of the beauty, wonder and mystery of this magical world.
The music follows and itinerary in some ways analogous to Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition. Starting with an introduction suggested by sunlight dancing on the waves, we move underwater to scenes of a coral reef, the gentle rhythms of the sea currents, anemone, jellyfish, the variety of coral fishes, and a scherzo episode for clownfish. At its climax the music breaks through the water again at the end of the day, to witness the peaceful splendour of a tropical sunset.
A performance by Madeleine Mitchell (Violin), Brian Mullan (cello) and Wendy Hiscocks (piano) can be heard on the Symposium CD 1389 of Wendy’s Chamber Music (for more information go to ‘Recordings’ and ‘Reviews’)