In three movements this concerto encompasses a specific range of oboe material and musical qualities. These are broadly divided into fast music in movements I. and II. And slow music in movement III. In the two outer movements the oboe delves into its melodic and vocal qualities with other individual instruments joining in this form of expression also. In the central movement a move overtly rhythmic drive dominates, hinting at Spanish influences but eventually transforming into large blocks of harmonic information set against the oboe’s melodic and angular solo lines.
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The Concerto is:
Dedicated to Ben Opie.
Premiered on the 25th of October 2019 by Ben Opie and the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble in Melbourne, Australia.
Commissioned by an anonymous donor, Red Note Ensemble and the Sound Festival, Ben Opie and Timothy Phillips.
The work has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.