The title is a play on Shakespeare's famous A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was written in July, 2002, over the course of two days for Ken Bowermeister's chamber string orchestra at the Sarasota Orchestra Summer Music Camp.
This work is a wistful fantasy, beginning with a lilting D minor barcarolle in 6/8, with occasional hints of a 3/4 hemiola that energizes the rhythmic drive. A haunting melody lays the foundation for all further themes. The middle portion is in D major with a broader triple meter, and fragments of a new soaring melody are passed between sections. A return of the opening material builds until the closing bars, where the two main themes are combined for a triumphant close.
To view an excerpt from the score, you can download it from here.
Listen to the premiere from the Sarasota Orchestra summer music camp, Kenneth Bowermeister conducting:
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