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Five Studies

for two oboes

Year:  2018   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  2018
Duration:  10m

Composer:   Sebastian Black

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 15 of score

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I. The first piece is simple monody for solo oboe that juxstaposes two types of material—one ornate, one distant and static; at the end, a third solemn idea is introduced that pre-empts subsequent movements.

II. The second is a fast cascading sequence that descends from a major triad to a unison D#, wildy zigzagging across the oboe's range.

III. The third is a simple cantilena: the oboe sings a simple line that is taken on a walk through a number of harmonic fields. Whilst the ‘fields’ are restricted in pitch (only nine notes are ever used), and the dynamic almost never changes, the rhythmic construction is extremely precise and florid.

IV. To contrast with the simplicity and introspection of the previous piece, the fourth is extremely outgoing. It is a wild duet. At first unpredictable, the music settles on a lullaby, played in counterpoint in vast, falling intervals that are designed to be extremely sonorous.

V. The fifth piece, the finale, is perhaps the most serious in tone. It begins with a low polyphonic song, rich in overtones of previous musics, that subsequently morphs into ever faster and more turbulent figurations that eventually close the piece.

Dedication note

for Manou Rolland