The Light fantastic

Dorothy Chang
Dorothy Chang
Composition Date: 2001
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Trio (Violin / Cello / Keyboard)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
The title of this piece is borrowed from the phrase 'tripping the light fantastic', which seems to fit the overall off-kilter energy in this work. All four movements aim to convey a sense of the unexpected, whether mysterious, humorous or over-the-top exuberant.

The opening movement, "electric", serves as a brief introduction that layers aggressive passages over contrasting, serene material. Passionate cadenza-like statements are passed around the instruments, accompanied by a sparse and sustained background. "softly the night…" is the work's central movement in terms of dramatic weight. This gentle nocturne is characterized by soft, fluttering tremolos and languid, twisting phrases that fade in and out of the texture. The third movement, "A Little Waltz Music" is a musical narrative. All instruments begin with a trite little tune, but as the waltz disintegrates and goes increasingly awry, one member of the ensemble remains resolute, creating a ridiculous interplay between extremely tense, dissonant music and a nonchalant C major triad. "Shake it Up" is a light-hearted and somewhat bombastic movement that features a driving, boogie-woogie bass line and nonstop energy.

Premiere Information:
July 6, 2001, The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk, Connecticut; Lynne Camenga, violin; Elinor Frey, cello; Rachel Jimenez, piano Presented by the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3233 C456li 2001
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Trio (Violin / Cello / Keyboard)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 14, 2006
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (i, 33 p.) ; 28 cm.
    35 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 30
    2 part ((30) p.) ; 28 cm
    Height: 28 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Violin, cello and piano.

    Photocopy; master of score and parts at CMC Toronto.
    1. electric -- 2. softly the night... -- 3. a little waltz music -- 4. shake it up
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