Monday, November 10, 2014

Diabelli Project 065 - Piece for Solo Oboe

The Diabelli Project is about offering my weekly flash-composition sketches freely to all. Like Antonio Diabelli's theme these sketches aren't great music. But perhaps (as in Diabelli's case) there's a Beethoven out there who can do great things with them.

I continue my cycle of solo instrumental works. Writing for the solo oboe can be challenging. It takes a lot of effort to keep the lips clamped tightly on the double reeds, so it's important to build in rests. The lower register of the oboe is warmer and richer than the upper. I used that to create two parallel musical ideas. There's a slow-moving one in the lower register, and a fast-moving one in the upper. The difference in timbres, speed, and even pitch choices should heighten the contrast between the two.

What happens next? That's up to you. As always, you're welcome to use all or part of this sketch. Just let me know what you come up with!

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