• Elizabeth Maconchy
  • Fantasia (1979)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Thea King

  • clarinetpf
  • 11 min

Programme Note


This work was commissioned by Thea King with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain and first performed by her and Paula Fen at the International Clarinet Congress in Denver, Colorado, on 12 August 1980. I wrote it in admiration and affection for Thea King and with her playing in mind. It lives up to its title of FANTASIA by combining a number of contrasted ideas within one continuous movement and lasting about ten minutes.

The opening phrases for clarined alone give rise to much of the subsequent material, both melodic and harmonic, and help to bring the piece together. A slow middle section introduces ideas of a different character. After a restatement of the opening this time with the addition of big chords for the piano, a climax is reached and the work ends quickly.

Elizabeth Maconchy