Sonatina for Oboe and Piano - (2007)
for Kai Weßler
i. Giocoso - [ 4 pages, circa 2' 00" ]
This joyous little romp through tonal domains surrounding the tonic -- those
"little" upper and lower neighbors of E major and G flat major in the tonic
of F major -- is decorated with many parallel three note clusters as
counterpoint to the oboe's solo line. This Klang is the harmonic plan
behind the motives which dominate. Additionally, the underlying "beat"
equaling 66 was another plan to unify the three movements into a single
In the middle section of this extended song form, one sees the diminution of
the harmonic rhythm as the upper and lower schemata is shortened to one half
a measure, and the subsequent harmonic meandering becomes the underlayment
for a most tonic, tonal solo part.
ii. Andante - [ 2 pages, circa 2' 15" ]
The middle movement is in the tradition relative minor, and yet modified
reminders of the shifting tonal regions carries from the first movement into
iii. Allegro - [ 4 pages, circa 1' 30" ]
The allegro again revisits especially the little upper neighbor as a
modulation device which drives the second statement of this movement's theme
into the submediant, as was the second movement's minor key relationship to
the first. Herein it becomes D major thereby leading also to its little
upper neighbor, E flat. This laughing tonal adventurism is meant as
additional decoration, modifying the tonic with new relationships.
[ Total duration - 10 pages, circa 5' 45" ]
The score for the Sonatina for Oboe and Piano is available as a free
PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the
work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the
graphic below for this piano-oboe score and separate oboe part, fifteen
pages in total.
Sonatina for Oboe and Piano