• Buxton Orr
  • A Carmen Fantasy (1985)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • 2(pic)222/2220/timp.2perc/str
  • or Cello; 0200/2000/str
  • cello
  • 14 min

Programme Note

A favourite encore piece of Heifitz was the Carmen Fantasy of Franz Waxman. Robert Cohen conceived the idea of a similar piece for cello and piano and asked me to devise one as a brilliant finale for a recital he was due to give in New York in 1985.

I used the famous "Fate" motif for Cadenza - like passages linking the numbers, many not used by Waxman, in which, retaining the original keys and loyal to Bizet's musical style, I pressed the cello technique as far as I could with Robert's expert guidance. The most famous tunes I merely hint at obliquely in the final pages.

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