Canal March

Fantasies: Brahms and Corigliano

Sofya Melikyan, piano

Johannes Brahms: "Intermezzo. Adagio", from Fantasien Op. 116, and John Corigliano: "Fiths to thirds", from Étude Fantasy.

During the nineteenth century, the longing for freedom and expression led to a proliferation of fantasias for all kinds of instruments. This explains works like Johannes Brahms’s Op. 116 Fantasias. Composed 1892, they are mature pieces in which one of the composers that had best-handled traditional forms gave free reign to his imagination. A century later, the New-York born composer John Corigliano would complete his Étude-Fantasy, a set of five studies combined into the form and character of a fantasy, as all five are based on different inversions and expansions of the interval of a second.

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