- Andante cantabile
Scoring: Solo Oboe, Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, Strings.
Composed March 13 - May 4, 2018.
The first considerable work I composed in 2018, this is a pretty standard Classical-style concerto, my second complete major work for solo instrument and orchestra.
I consulted a baroque/classical oboist during and after working on this piece, and I was told that this piece was "considerably difficult, but not impossible" to play on the classical oboe – particularly the several high-Es I have called for, some of the passage work in the development section of the first movement, and the "frightful" series of descending chromatic trills I wrote in the middle of the second movement. He also told me that some of the difficulty would be mitigated on the modern oboe, which should come as little surprise - the limitations of 18th Century instruments were what prompted instrument makers to "improve" them during the first half of the 19th Century. Finally, he said that the writing was in a bravura style reminiscent of 18th Century French composers of oboe concerti, which I found interesting, because I was not familiar with any of the composers he mentioned. At any rate, I wouldn't mind at all any feedback from oboists on the idiomatic qualities and difficulty of this piece, for future reference. Any other feedback is naturally welcome as well. I have provided a cadenza, but of course the soloist is welcome to compose or improvise his/her own.
In the interest of full disclosure, since good composers borrow and great ones steal, I have appropriated four measures of melody from Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) in the B theme of the Rondo (final movement).