Violet Fantasy

Year composed: 2011

Instrumentation: cello solo

Duration (approx.):  7′


Premiered by Julian Kasonovic during Cascadia Composer’s fall concert on September 12, 2012. Portland, Oregon.

An arrangement for viola is also available.



Violet Fantasy is essentially about change. The piece is a series of ever evolving variations of a single theme. As the piece progresses its melody is torn apart and re-contextualized in a number of ways, winding and flowing through a free variation form like a flower laced vine across a branch. The theme never appears exactly the same way twice. It’s often fragmented and disjointed, yet manages to find itself in the end. If anything, Violet Fantasy represents an idea of what pertains through change, and what susceptible to the moment.

Copyright © Jay Derderian Music Publishing (ASCAP), 2018. All Rights Reserved.


By Jay

Composer, guitarist, husband, father, pun enthusiast.

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