Concerto for Oboe


oboe and orchestra
Solo Instruments with Orchestra, Oboe
Instrumentation – 4221 – perc(4): 4 claves/2 cabaca/6 tom-t/2 wdbl/4 susp.cym/2 tgl/glsp/2 BD/mar/2 splash cym/4 – harp – strings

Commissioned for Roy Carter by the London Symphony Orchestra and funded by Sema Group PLC with assistance from the Arts Council of Great Britain

First Performance
30.9.1992, Barbican Hall, London, UK: Roy Carter/London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas

Score 0-571-56533-6 (fp) on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes

Dominic Muldowney Oboe Concerto My recent work in the concert hall has almost entirely been in the form of ‘song-cycle’ and ‘concerto’ –a theatrical form for me and a reflection, I’m sure, of my work at the National Theatre. The Oboe Concerto is subtitled ‘song-cycle for oboe and orchestra’ and an early idea for the piece was to have had the solo part played or sung, the oboe’s rang being very close to that of a soprano. This ‘cycle’ contains four ‘songs’ surrounded by oboe recitatives which are accompanied by percussion. The importance given to the four percussionists is probably a hang over from my last concerto (for Evelyn Glennie) where percussion articulated sudden tempo changes – here however their role is more ritualistic, complementing the oriental modes that much of the oboe writing inhabits. Dominic Muldowney 1992

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