Pandean Fable

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Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams

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General Info

Year: 1970?
Duration: c. 10:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maestro & Fox
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $87.00


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Program Notes

While facing surgery and an extended hospital stay in 1970, Clifton Williams asked Maxine, his wife, if she would please try to rent an organ and have it delivered to his hospital room. Hospital permissions granted, the organ was delivered to his garden level corner room while he was in surgery. Daddy began composing Pandéan Fable at the organ the day after surgery. Mama was his constant source of inspiration as were his children and the grandchildren and critters playing in the garden.

As I listen to Pandéan Fable I visualize Daddy’s reflections … the simple joys of childhood despite the depression years; his delightful musical awakening; the traumatic war years and the loss of his best friend; warmth of family; pride in his musical success; anguish of cancer -- his frustration, acceptance, and ultimate peace. I believe Pandéan Fable is daddy’s autobiographical gift to all who loved him and love his music.

Although the original solo instrument was intended to be bass flute, solo tenor saxophone is offered as an alternative. Moreover, a duo concertante featuring English horn and alto flute is possible with the provided duo parts.

- Program Note by Michelle Williams-Hanzlik

It is speculated that "padean" in the title refers to the Greek god Pan, god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, rustic music and impromptus, and companion of the nymphs. Pan was noted for playing the pan flute.

- Editor


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