Onyx - Fantasy
for Oboe (1998)
Duration: 6 minutes
Availability: Not available
Premiere: May 1998, Cimanelli Lounge, Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY). Sonja Thoms, oboe.
At the end of our freshman year, my cohorts, the oboists of Eastman’s Class of 2000, asked me to write a work for solo oboe. I obliged and wrote a short work in three movements: a prelude, an aria and a virtuosic finale, all built from a few isolated motives. Most prominently, I based the first movement on a double-dotted motive similarly found in the first movement of Benjamin Britten’s War Reqieum – a work I first performed in 1997. I am fortunate to have heard that masterpiece before Britten’s own works for solo oboe - an experience that could have made me forsake both Britten and the oboe.