As a composer of acoustic and electronic music, Dr. Fountain draws her inspiration from nature and life events. Most of her music is programmatic and tonal with inflections from popular music as well as late 19th century forms and harmonies.
Moody: an electronic composition utilizing live sources, manipulated recorded sounds and computer-generated sounds.
The CD Here's to You! includes solo compositions "Journey of a Falling Leaf" and "One Last Beauty." The more upbeat "Sebastian's Salsa" for harp ensemble can be found on Gold2Ivory.
Compositions and New Music for Harp
Transcription and Arranging:
Beginning with her doctoral dissertation, "Franz Liszt and the Harp", Dr. Fountain maintains a great interest in transcribing great works of music not written for the harp, transforming them into idiomatic harp compositions. She often presents lecture recitals detailing the history of the works transcribed as well as the transcription process itself. Works she has transcribed range from piano solos of Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and Joplin to orchestral works of Vivaldi, to recent jazz, popular and rock music not often heard on the instrument. In addition, she arranges music of all genres for solo harp and ensembles of various sizes and instrumentation.
Dr. Fountain's CD, Gold2Ivory, includes the four Liszt transcriptions from her dissertation as well as her interpretation of Delibes' "Flower Duet" from Lakme.
Promotion of New Music:
For the past several years Dr. Fountain has worked as an advisor and editor to student and professional composers. As a result she has premiered and presented works by composers including Masatoshi Mitsumoto, Juan Pablo Contreras and Peggy Falkenstein in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and as director of the MSJC Orchestra. She is always interested in working with composers curious about the timbral possibilities and intricacies of the harp.
Reverie (for Vanessa Sheldon) by Masatoshi Mitsumoto