"...go your way till the end" - (2022)
for Zippy Hood
Last evening, we attended a performance of Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium, in which Alexandra Hood played beautifully the oboe d'amore as the third of the three oboes which the score demands. Wearing many musical hats, she is a teacher and conductor as well, and in chatting after the concert, the notion came to pen a little work. This is a set of variations, essentially a ground bass, with variants in the oboe (or oboe d'amore) and with a short episode which then returns to the first variation and final cadence "till the end."
The title is drawn from a verse, musing about the 12th chapter of Daniel. In the older English, "...go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days."
4 pages, circa 3' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score 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 score.
"...go your way till the end"
Score in C