Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

“Scherzo fantastique”, op.3 (12')

Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3 is Stravinsky’s second work for orchestra, composed between June 1907 and March 1908. It has been believed that Stravinsky had programmatic intentions for the work. The publication of the piece indeed carried descriptive words over the piece. On the other hand, it has also been suggested that Scherzo fantastique is instrumental music without any connotation of specific meanings, images, or events. The composition is relatively short; it normally takes a little more than ten minutes to be performed. Near the end of the piece, numerous wind instruments play tremolo figures with flutter-tonguing, producing swiftly vibrating sound, reflecting Stravinsky’s innovative way of orchestration. The first performance of Scherzo fantastique took place in St. Petersburg on February 6, 1909.

[Akira Ishii]