Fantasy for piano (1975)
American Composers Alliance Arsis Press, 10 minutes
Navona CD & iTunes
intense fantasy" (Clavier)
"...exploits the resources of the piano in clever and musically satisfying ways. Vercoe not only unlocks the colors of the keyboard but asks the pianist to get inside the instrument and produce haunting, slithery sounds on the strings—not a new idea, of course, but handled with an ear well attuned to balance and variety." (Audiophile Audition)
"Her Fantasy has a power that belies the capriciousness often associated with the genre." (Stephen W. Ellis, musicologist)
The Fantasy is
a dramatic, free-flowing piece for piano in six contrasting
sections, written in the fall of 1975 and published by Arsis
Press in 1978.
the piece as full of "sounds of alarm and resignation, traditional
modern timbral effects, rhythmic propulsion, arpeggios
trills, silence and some contrapuntal snippets." The reviewer
continues by saying: "The music offers many rewards for serious
listeners: the dramatic
interplay is quite involving."
In 1976 pianist
Evelyn Zuckerman premiered the Fantasy at New England
Conservatory where she was a faculty member. The
piece has also been performed at the St. Petersburg Spring Music
the Society of Composers
festival in San Diego, Austin Peay State University, the Athena
Festival in Kentucky, and broadcast on French Radio. Rosemary
Platt has recorded the piece on Capstone and Navona CDs.