Partita for Oboe and Piano- (2022)
for Patricia Emerson Mitchell
Clusters and some light tonality underpin a jaunty oboe as an exposition of gestures begins, and then the oboe and piano share these materials.
The allegro yields to a lyric adagio, an adaptation of a romanesca harmonic structure, sweetly cluttered by some logical dissonances.
As polytonal colors fade, a simple diatonic scale appears as subject for a fughetta. Taken up as answer by the piano first in the tonic and then farther afield.
A long lined, elegiac melody at the largo replaces the presto tempo for a time, as the fast-slow alternation continues for additional variety..
Them what follows is a variant of a setting of three short poems by Mitchell, which are not herein published, now adapted to the solo oboe with accompaniment. The first begins in 6/8.
The second of these three is a three quarter time in the parallel harmonic minor.
The third is a return to the livelier 6/8, yielding to a simple waltz in 3.4 time.
The finale mixes elements from the opening with the little fughetta subject for an energetic conclusion.
12 pages, circa 9' 00", 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 organ score.
Partita for Oboe and Piano