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Hello all! 

 

For those that don't know me, I am a high school senior, graduating in a couple of weeks, and I have nothing to practice over the summer before I go study composition at Lawrence Conservatory. 

 

This summer, I really want to improve my playing 10-fold, my plan is to double my practice time and to improve so much, I'll have a really strong start when I start school in the Fall.

 

Just to give you a picture about where I am performance wise I was 1st chair oboe at District band I have also done numerous college auditions, and every school that required an instrumental audition, I got accepted to with the exception of the Cleveland Institute of Music, which I was waitlisted to. So, basically, I'm a strong oboist with a good tone who wants to play good music. 

 

To do that, I'm going to need your help. I love new music, I don't care what style it is, I just care that it is good. I have an array of pieces I want to record this summer, but I also want to add to that, 4-6 original compositions. 

 

Let me repeat that. 4-6 compositions. 

 

That's where you come in. 

 

Basically, I am asking you to write a 3-7 minute piece for Oboe with or without accompaniment (if w/out please stay on the shorter side, my endurance is not that great). You may do whatever you want with the composition, you can include multiphonics, altissimo (I can play up to a high A, I can probably go higher, but I've never tried).

 

As far as difficulty, please keep in mind that I'm doing other things this summer, I'm playing with a Wind Ensemble, and possibly a symphony orchestra, along with 2 jobs. I can handle if it's difficult, just don't make it insane. Basically, if you know your oboe literature, I can handle Mozart and Vaughan Williams, but nothing like Corigliano, if that helps you understand a bit more. If you're not sure, just ask me, I'll be glad to help. 

 

 

So, as far as a deadline goes, how about June 25? and I would give results on July 1, and will give you all feedback, so everyone will know why they did or did not make it. 

 

Rules: 

must be between 3-7 minutes

favor towards accompanied works, unaccompanied will be accepted, but they have to be 2-4 minutes

accompaniment must be piano (nothing else) 

must be complete by June 25

 

ok, I'm really hoping I get some responses to this, I will do my best to give you guys the highest possible quality recordings, and if I end up performing solo at a recital (another thing I'm looking at), I will very likely play one of your pieces. I may not be a professional, but I definitely don't sound like a dying duck. I'm good friends with people from Interlochen, I've performed in just about anything, I can do this, and you can write this! So, don't let anything prevent you from submitting (what have you got to lose?)  Go ahead and give it a try! Don't fail me my composition brethren! 

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Well, here is the link:

 

Hortus conclusus

 

It is an early work, so it might be lacking in certain areas, but hopefully it is not too horrid. The third piece of the set is an adaptation of a very banal piano piece I wrote in my late teens and I reused for this set when I could not come up with any new idea.

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I've got a piece but it's only two and a half minutes long, do you want to have a look at it anyway? I'll need to make a few revisions first, mind you.

sure! the only thing I'm really worried with time is if a piece is over the mark, because then I would start to loose my endurance

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So...there are a lot of things so far that I'm just like "ooh, this would be absolutely perfect if they just did this" so, I think I'm just gonna comment on people's pieces and hope they revise it before the deadline...I'm warning you now, I'm going to choose pieces I'd like to perform and place that above compositional quality because the two are very different for me. For example, my favorite composer's Vaughan Williams, but the best composer was Bach (debatable, I know, but you get the idea), so don't feel bad if I don't choose your piece, I'm really impressed with what I'm seeing so far and would love to see more submissions! 

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Thank you all for your submissions, I will Sight-read them all today, and narrow down are winners. The number 1 piece will be performed live at a benefit concert this summer :) Thank you all, you're all FANTASTIC! These are all absolutely lovely works! 

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