The first version of Fantasy was written during the winter of 1984; I was living and teaching in Korea, and had just returned from a visit to Canada, during which I had met and attended a concert by violinist Jack Glatzer. It was this meeting which first caused me to consider writing a work for unaccompanied violin. After returning to Canada in 1985, Fantasy was revised and expanded. As the title implies, it is a work in a rhapsodic, improvisatory style, with several recurring elements, the most prominent of which is a grace note figure first stated at the opening.
Fantasy was premiered by Jack Glatzer at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on March 24, 1986. It has since been recorded by Victor Schultz on the Manitoba Composers Association compact disc recording Jeté – Music for Violin.
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“The development of recurring germinal ideas lends unity to the overall effect of the piece; it emerges as a work of sustained, poetic integrity.”