|Composition Year||1984 ca.|
|Genre Categories||;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Duo for Oboe and Piano|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 12|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1984 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||10 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
This is a two-movement work written in the early 80’s. I was having a sort of romantic renaissance at the time, as is evident from this music. The first movement is quite (can you believe it?) pretty, although there is a middle section that becomes surprisingly dark and dramatic and goes off on some interesting rhythmic pyrotechnics as well, ending in a roaring unison. The return to the simpler first section, albeit varied and developed, is really quite welcome.
The 2nd movement is sort of a scherzo with very clear development of the motivic material, putting both performers through significant musical and technical paces. The counterpoint of J S Bach (as always) seems to be the technical ground from which all else springs.
– W. Jay Sydeman