Janice Carissa was appointed Gilmore Young Artist at the 2022 Gilmore International Piano Festival and as her prize chose to commission this work with the only request being that it be a "fantasy". This liberating designation covers a vast array of possibilities, and I made it "gothic" to allow an exploration of the darker aspects of the fantastical.
Carl Vine, July 2023
Gothic Fantasy was commissioned by Janice Carissa with assistance from The Gilmore. It was first performed by Ms Carissa at the Wellspring Theater in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on September 10, 2023.