Kingdom of Dreams, The


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

Playing score 0-571-55313-3 (fp) 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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