Kingdom of Dreams, The


by John Woolrich

oboe and piano
Commissioned by Nicholas Daniel
First Performance
7.7.89, Cheltenham Festival, Pittville Pump Room:Nicholas Daniel/Julius Drake

Playing score 55313 3 on sale

Programme Notes
John Woolrich (b. 1954) The Kingdom of Dreams for oboe and piano Landscape with yellow birds The Bavarian Don Giovanni Tale à la Hoffmann Fish Magic A number of different inspirations float in and out of focus in this piece in a dream-like way. I started with the animals Nick Daniel uses as a theme in many of his concerts and moved, by association, to the dream animals of the Swiss painter Paul Klee. Two more Klee paintings – ‘The Bavarian Don Giovanni’ and ‘Tale à la Hoffmann’ – evoked both ETA Hoffmann’s fantasy world and that of his favourite composer. The ghosts of several of the stranger moments from Mozart’s dark opera glide past in the inner movements. John Woolrich

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