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Oboe Quartet for oboe and string trio, Op.735

Clássico/Música de Câmara • 2007
 
     
 

Oboe Quartet for oboe and string trio

Título por Autor: Carson Cooman: Oboe Quartet for oboe and string trio, Op.735


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Instrumentação
Oboé, Violino, Viola, Violoncelo
Composição para
Quarteto
Tipo de composição
Partitura completa, Partes
movimento(s)
1 para 1 de 1
Editora
Musik Fabrik
dificuldade
Advanced
duração
735'0
Oboe Quartet (2007) for oboe and string trio was commissioned by Richard Mason, for whose ongoing support of my music, I am exceptionally grateful. The inspiration for the piece is two-fold. Firstly, the work is dedicated to composer Louis Karchin, whose superbly vibrant music continues to delight, surprise, and inspire me. Secondly, this quartet is directly inspired by the playing of a series of oboists who, through their performing, recording, and repertoire advocacy, have come to define the way I think about the instrument and its repertoire: Toni Marie Marchioni, Stephen Taylor, George Caird, Peggy Pearson, Jacqueline Leclair, and Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida.

The oboe quartet genre tends to inspire two different kinds of works: in one type, the pieces are conceived as “mini-oboe concerti” with the oboe defined as a clear solo voice over the backing of the string trio; in the other type of work, the oboe is the “first among equals” in an integrated
chamber music discourse. This work falls into the latter category. In the recent years, wonderful oboe quartets from Yehudi Wyner (1999), Elliott Carter (2001), and Fred Lerdahl (2002) have continued to define an American voice in this genre.

This work is cast in a single movement, controlled by a loose variation form with the intent of creating a single musical “line” and narrative. From the beginning to the end, there is continuous melodic and harmonic development, working towards creating a structure which, though tightly controlled, is also somewhat improvisatory in spirit. The music can be grouped broadly into three
sections, each of which is a large-scale variation and each also containing a number of overlapping smaller variations.

The opening, with its nervous cascades of pizzicato strings, is marked “tumbling wildly, with restless energy.” Switching to bowed playing, the cello states the basic musical material of the piece: a whirling series of melodic intervals. An oboe cadenza (“colored” by the strings) begins the development and leads into a contrapuntal texture with interplay and flourishes between all four instruments. The next section is marked “keening, fierce lament.” (Keening is defined as a “wailing lament for the dead.”) The underlying pulse of the music is slow, but it is full in sonority and passionate in gesture. The shorter final section contains aspects of both the two preceding sections,
as part of the ongoing development. In places, the music moves towards the raw and violent in affect. The final coda, however, is slow and lyrical as the oboe sings a last melody over “bell-like” chords in the strings.
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