Fantasy For Piano
was composed by Samuel Adler
for his former student Michael Brown, who premiered the work at Juilliard, at a concert featuring works by Adler
in honour of his 85th birthday.
This one-movement work begins with a majestic introduction that is interrupted twice by short spurts of agitated music. This unfolds into a fast, virtuosic main section that was composed to show off the dexterity of the soloist. Adler himself wrote about the work, "I have always felt that we are living in a most exciting time and the agitation and exuberance of this main section is to demonstrate my very optimistic outlook."