Oboe Concerto


oboe and orchestra
Solo Instrument(s) with Orchestra, Oboe/Cor Anglais
2 picc.1.3.Ebcl.1.cbcl.ssax.2.cbsn - 4331 -timp - perc(4): metal claves/waterphone/susp.cym/10 or so tin cans/brake drum/2 tam-t/tgl/anvil/lions roar/5 scaffold bars/hammer/BD+ped/BD/2 scaffold feet/4 car wheels/Verdi BD/hi-hat/2 spring coils/oxygen cylinder/crot - strings

Commissioned by the BBC for the 1996 BBC Promenade Concerts

First Performance
14.8.96, BBC Promenade Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Nicholas Daniel/Matthias Bamert

Score 0-571-51808-7 on sale, piano reduction on special sale, full score and parts for hire

Programme Notes

The Oboe Concerto was commissioned by the BBC for the 1996 BBC Proms. The first performance was given by Nicholas Daniel and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthias Bamert in the Royal Albert Hall, London on 14 August 1996. All concertos are built from a mismatch of forces: the individual against the crowd, solo against tutti. Many composers have intensified this discrepancy by banishing the solo instrument from the orchestra, so that the colour of the solo and the tutti are as different as possible. In this concerto, rather than isolating the oboe, I have filled the orchestra with the mournful noise of its singing: the soloist is surrounded, figuratively in the music and literally on the stage, by the attendant group of three oboes and their more extravert second cousin, the soprano saxophone. But the oppositions are still there - the drama and the poetry of the work flow from the contrast between the fragile keening of the oboe and the brutal power of a large symphony orchestra.

© John Woolrich

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News & Reviews

'Concerto for Oboe' reviews

‘… it has a distinctive feel, the textures are crisp and vivid, and he has solved the problem of balancing the relatively slender sound of an oboe against a full orchestra in an ingenious and convincing way.’ The Guardian (Andrew Clements), 16 August 1996 Read more

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