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The Oboe Player (Portrait of Dr. Benjamin Sharp)
Thomas Eakins, 1903, Philadelphia Mus Art
Friday, August 9, 2019

Oboes and English horns can sing, placate, and pierce through orchestral textures like no other wind instrument. The following concertos demonstrate the full breadth of their magic, from the worldliness of John Corigliano and Bent Lorentzen to the emotional directness of Peteris Vasks. John Harbison and Esa-Pekka Salonen couch their musical innovation in familiar forms, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad pays elegiac homage to J.S. Bach in A Refusal to Mourn. Thea Musgrave and Arne Nordheim push the interplay between soloist and ensemble to its limit, while Judith Weir uses her own experience as an oboist to explore both the lyrical qualities and percussive capabilities of the instrument.

Please enjoy a Spotify playlist of available recordings of the concertos listed below.

John Corigliano
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (1975) 26 minutes
2(pic).1.2(Ebcl).2/2.1.1.0/timp.3perc.xyl/hp.pf[=cel]/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Henry Cowell
Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 10 (1955) 8 minutes
string orchestra
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Edison Denisov
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, (1986) 26 minutes
3.0.4.3/3.3.3.0/perc.chm.glock.vib/hp.cel/str
Listen on Spotify
 
Cheryl Frances-Hoad
A Refusal to Mourn (2000) 12 minutes
string orchestra
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
John Harbison
Concerto for Oboe (1991) 21 minutes
2(pic).02+bcl(asx).3(cbn)/2.2.2.1/timp.3perc/hp/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Bo Holten
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (1993) 30 minutes
2.2.2.2/2.0.0.0/perc/str
View the score
 
Bent Lorentzen
Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (1980) 19 minutes
1.1.1.1/2.1.1.0/timp.2perc/cel/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Thea Musgrave
Helios (1994) 17 minutes
2.1+ca.2(bcl).2/2.1.0.0/str(6.6.4.3.2)
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Marc Neikrug
Concerto for Oboe (2017)
3.3(ca).3(bcl).3/4.3.3.1/timp.3perc/hp.cel/str
View the score

Arne Nordheim
Boomerang (1985) 17 minutes
2hn/hpd/str
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Aulis Sallinen
Concerto for Cor Anglais and Chamber Orchestra (2010) 19 minutes
perc/hp.pf/str
View the score
 
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Mimo II (1992) 13 minutes
2(pic).0+ca.2(Ebcl,bcl).1(cbn)/2111/perc/hp.cel/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score
 
Judith Weir
Oboe Concerto (2018) 18 minutes
2.0.2.2/2.0.0.0/str
View the score
 
Peteris Vasks
Concerto for English Horn (1989) 20 minutes
2(pic).2.2.2/2.0.0.0/timp.3perc/str
Listen on YouTube
 

For more information on the music and potential guest soloists, please contact Andrew Stein-Zeller.


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