Matt Van  Brink, composer, pianist, accordionist

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Swan Lake Fantasy (Tchaikovsky) (2014)

Suite for Piano on Themes from Tchaikovsky's Op.20 | 23 mins.

Commissioned by and first performed by Matei Varga
Recording available via iTunes & Amazon
Sheet music available via Schnitzel Music


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Making a transcription for piano of Tchaikovsky's iconic Swan Lake consisted of breaking it apart, inspecting the pieces, and from them, creating something new. Since the full ballet is over two hours long, the process of creating a Swan Lake Fantasy full of impressive pianistic display was one of cutting down, building up, and reshaping. And by presenting the themes and dances in a different, surprising order, an entirely new story emerges.

Pianist Matei Varga and composer/arranger Matt Van Brink discuss the creative and collaborative process in a conversation with Tarik O'Regan:

First performed by Matei Varga at the Hudson Guild Theater, March 2014,
with choreography by Matthew Westerby

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