Dissonance for Chamber Ensemble

from by Andres Fernandez, Composer

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While I was a music student at Roberts Wesleyan College I enjoyed and immersed myself in the study of four part harmony and counterpoint mostly for music of the Baroque and Classical periods. At the same time I was exposing myself to the music of the Romantic period, where harmony and counterpoint were beginning to be allowed freer expression. Richard Wagner, in his search for the unity of art, theater and music, pushed all areas of expression; including what would be the fertile ground of 20th century modern music. Tonality became the master from which composers were trying to free themselves. Color and orchestration was a new element that composers wanted to master. A great example is the "Prelude to Tristan und Isolde" by Wagner. It is an example where he built on harmonic tension begging to be released by the obvious Tonic note we all expect, only to drive the music to ever more intense tension and finally ending the piece on an ambivalent chord. Since the 100 years that separated Wagner's search from the beginnings of modern music, composers have explored innumerable ways of expressing ideas in sound.

The "Prelude to Tistan und Isolde" must have left the audiences begging for relief without hope. But oh such an exhilarating feeling! And such a wonderful launching point for what has followed.


from Sampler 2009​-​10 Recent Music, released April 11, 2011
These works were composed on Finale music software by MakeMusic Inc. Since a score is also produced in manuscript form, the piece can be performed and recorded by live musicians. My interest is in sharing my work with listeners and musicians and have the work performed as it is intended; by live musicians.




Andy Fernandez, Composer Rochester, New York

I'm a Cuban-American composer who returned to composing contemporary classical music in 2009; at age 66. I began writing music at Robert Wesleyan College in Rochester NY. BA in music and English Lit. I put music aside to make a living and just restarted when I retired.
I'm working with Ivan Trevino, at the Hochstein School's Music Lab. Ivan plays with cello rock band Break of Reality.
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