17 Dec 2018

Fung – Dust Devils

Vivian Fung

Vivian Fung
Photo Credit: Charles Boudreau

Scored for full orchestra, Dust Devils received its world premiere in Greensboro, N.C. in 2011 with the Eastern Festival Orchestra directed by Gerard Schwarz. On her website, Fung notes: “Dust Devils is the journey of emotional swirls in my mind, sometimes calm, but more often than not, full of raw and intense energy. The opening starts quite forcefully and darts back and forth, culminating in a fiery pounding of the timpani, which wanes and brings this section to mere silent breaths in the brass. A slow section ensues, filled with upward cascades of arpeggios that interrupt the ethereal atmosphere. An ominous eerie string section follows leading to a powerful chorale in the brass, which overtakes the music and brings the ten-minute work to an emphatic close.”