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Frolic in Swing Time for Oboe and Piano Duet

Composer
Year of composition
2015
Publisher
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music and Classical music
Instrumentation
Solo instrument + piano
Instrumental parts

Here's a combination I've not been able to find elsewhere - oboe with 4-hands at the piano. This piece started life for just piano solo with oboe, until I gradually found what I wanted for the piano part was too difficult, but didn't want to water it down to make it easier. I realised that this would work easily if I re-wrote it for piano-duet plus oboe and was then able to have everything I wanted in the piano and even beef it up a little more. The oboe is quite a loud instrument, so it should be able to hold its own against two at the piano and both piano parts are quite playable now (though still not a push-over and the two pianists have to carefully keep out of each other's way!). This is a short, light and happy piece in swing time. It is in ternary form and builds up through the piece with plenty of imitation, some descending arpeggios and just a light touching of scrunches for spice, with a very jolly ending. I was inspired to write this after going to a concert where I was sitting right next to the oboist and was captivated by his excellent technique.

I'm always keen to get feedback, particularly if you're playing any of the larger chamber or orchestral pieces or singing anything I've written for choir. I'd particularly like to hear any recordings or see videos! There is no charge, copyright or performing rights issues - feel free to copy and perform for free, just don't pretend you wrote it! I get many printed downloads my music, so it must be popular, but rarely any messages. So don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you as feedback is very important to a composer, both to hear what it is people like and critical comments on what doesn't work or you think could be improved - both kinds of feedback are very helpful.

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