Stephen D. Forman | Rhapsody for Orchestra in C Major: "Desert Fancifal"

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Rhapsody for Orchestra in C Major: "Desert Fancifal"

by Stephen D. Forman

If you're the kind of person who wonders what “Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune” would sound like if written today, then we need to hook up.
Genre: Classical: Programmatic music
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"Haunting, emotional and talented." --Songsalive! (Supporting and promoting songwriters and composers worldwide.

"'Desert Fancifal' is a tense yet meditative piece that shows Forman's range as a composer." --James Moore, Independent Music Promotions (

"Desert Fancifal" includes the following inscription...

"A man crosses the desert, what does he find?

Blaring sun, shifting sands, yet also exquisite, serene beauty.

As thirst and exhaustion overtake him, he dreams sweetly of Arabian Nights, a genie, a princess, an oasis surrounded by palm trees.

He staggers to his knees-- is that salvation before him or only a mirage?"


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Sarah Hayden

A Modern Day "Late Romantic"
If you love the rich orchestral textures and melodic flights of fancy of Arnold Bax, Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, then make room for Stephen D. Forman in your library-- you won't be disappointed. In the best traditions of programmatic music, "Desert Fancifal" takes you on a ride, leading to a genuinely thrilling climax and cathartic finale.