Oboe Quintet

(1998)

by John Woolrich

Description
oboe quintet
Duration
20
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation
ob - 2 vln.vla.vlc
Commission
Commissioned by Leicester International Music Festival with support from East Midlands Arts and Leicester City Council
First Performance
20.6.98, Leicester International Music Festival, New Walk Museum: Nicholas Daniel/Festival Ensemble
Availability

Score 0-571-51966-0 on sale, parts 0-571-56523-9 on sale

Programme Notes

John Woolrich: Oboe Quintet My oboe quintet is about 20 minutes long. Structurally it's a bit like a book of short poems (27 in all), which form a network of laments, chorales, nocturnes, fragments and echos. It is music of ticking clocks, whispering quiet keening, midnight, stillness and darkness. Oboe Quintet was commissioned by Leicester International Music Festival with support from East Midlands Arts and Leicester City Council and is dedicated to Nick Daniel. John Woolrich

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'Oboe Quintet' reviews

'… exquisite … this first London performance revealed the composers highly cultured ear for mood and colour … it has all the nocturnal mystery of Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’, with none of the rhetoric or urgency of that piece, preferring a mood of contemplation and nuance. Moments of rhapsody alternated with slow chorale figures and, near the end, a dozen bright chimes of midnight. The end came too soon. How often can that be said of a new piece?' The Observer (Fiona Maddocks), 28 June 19 Read more

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