Program Notes for Dancer's Dream
Dancer's Dream was originaly conceived as a piece for
nine solo strings and was completed in 1980 for a concert organized by Lukas
Foss but which never occurred. In it present version for string orchestra
I am able to realize the full sound of the ensemble with greater dramatic
effect. The entire piece has a surreal quality, as though the music were
accompanying an unseen action off stage. If fact it was a comment by Sal
Martirano referring music to an unseen action that prompted the dramatic
basis ofthe piece.
All the materials are fragmented and appear to be just out of reach,
and rarely is the complete waltz melody, first presented after an introduction,
played. The listener gets the impression of being just one step behind in
a dramatic scene that cannot be seen. In a sense, the choreography of the
piece is created in the imagination of the listener. This performance is
the United States premiere.