Michael Mogensen, composer
Aerial Fantasy (2005, Puliter Prize nominee, 2007), commissioned by
The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., is a work inspired by
the thrill and exhilaration of flight.
Aerial Fantasy utilizes a variety of musical elements to symbolize the
concept of flying: ascending motives, quick tempi, energetic rhythms, and
soaring melodies and countermelodies.
The contrasting slow section of the work summons feelings of warmth, peace,
beauty and majesty — emotional splendors one might experience while
hovering above the clouds or above the earth itself.
The composition then continues with a return of the initial material and a
renewal of the work’s drive and energy.
Finally, the music concludes in dramatic and invigorating fashion,
encompassing an awesome display of speed, power, precision and agility —
characteristics synonymous with America’s magnificent Air Force and with
every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Michael A. Mogensen