Concerto for Oboe

Dominic Muldowney (1952)

Concerto for Oboe 1992

picc.2.0.ca.2.bcl.2.cbsn - 4221 - perc(4): 4 claves/2 cabaca/6 tom-t/2 wdbl/4 susp.cym/2 tgl/glsp/2 BD/mar/2 splash cym/4 tpl.bl/mcas/SD/vib - harp - strings
Duration 
25
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My recent work in the concert hall has almost entirely been in the form of ‘song-cycle’ and ‘concerto’ –a theatrical form for me and a reflection, I’m sure, of my work at the National Theatre. The Oboe Concerto is subtitled ‘song-cycle for oboe and orchestra’ and an early idea for the piece was to have had the solo part played or sung, the oboe’s rang being very close to that of a soprano. This ‘cycle’ contains four ‘songs’ surrounded by oboe recitatives which are accompanied by percussion. The importance given to the four percussionists is probably a hang over from my last concerto (for Evelyn Glennie) where percussion articulated sudden tempo changes – here however their role is more ritualistic, complementing the oriental modes that much of the oboe writing inhabits.

Dominic Muldowney 1992

Performances 
30.9.92 Barbican Hall, London: Roy Carter/London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas
3.1.06 Cardiff: David Cowley/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/James Judd
3
Flute
3rd piccolo
1
Oboe
cor anglais
3
Clarinet
3rd bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
1
Tuba
4
Percussion
4 claves, 2 cabaca, 6 tom-toms, 2 woodblocks, 4 suspended cymbals, 2 triangles, glockenspiel, 2 bass drums, marimba, 2 splash cymbals, 4 cymbals, 4 temple blocks, maracas, side drum, vibraphone
1
Harp
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