Fantasia on a Ground: I, II, III, IV, V (1993)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Music for Young Performers
2vn, va, vc, db or 2vn, va, vc
Fantasia on a Ground is one of a series of my pieces for young performers, most of which were composed for the Music School at Rivers, in Weston, Massachusetts.
It is a combination of law and fantasy. It begins with a scale which ascends, then descends inverted, each tone as long as its scale degree (the first degree gets one beat, the second two, and so forth). Against this "arbitrary" ground, free material is woven, bringing to it elements of mystery, meditation, and unpredictability.
— John Harbison
Lydian String Quartet