Fantasy For Piano And Orchestra (Op. 32) was commissioned by the New York High School of Music and Art, and first performed in the Carnegie Hall in 1942. Unfortunately, like so many good works of the era, it has since fallen out of favour and hasn’t been performed since the 1960s. It has been arranged here for two Pianos, but retains its tuneful, modern appeal.
Paul Creston (1906-1985) was an American composer of Italian descent. He taught himself composition and music theory while working full-time to support his family, meaning his style was independent of any outside influence. His work is noted for its complex and shifting rhythms, while retaining a distinctly modern American tonal sound.