Exam: VCE Oboe

Flight of Fancy

RM421 Flight of Fancy Orlovich OB/PNO
RM421 Flight of Fancy Orlovich OB/PNO
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RM421e Flight of Fancy Orlovich OB/PNO
RM421e Flight of Fancy Orlovich OB/PNO
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Composer: Matthew Orlovich
Composed: 2006 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Oboe & Piano Level D
Exam Grade: HSC Oboe,
VCE Oboe
ISMN: 979-0-720083-10-0 Catalogue: RM421
Level: D Country: Australia

This piece, a flight of fancy for clarinet and piano, comprises three sections, each lasting about a minute or so. The first section kicks off in an energetic and cheerful way with the bright, upper registers of both instruments at play. Also evident in the opening section are ideas such as angular melodic lines played in unison, a little harp-like piano accompaniment texture and a contrasting theme fashioned atop a jazzy, dance-inspired bassline. The middle section of the work is perhaps the more unearthly music of the work. Little updrafts and whirlwinds of tinkling, glockenspiel-like piano figurations add a haunting quality to a chromatically inflected clarinet melody, evoking, for me, images of night and a kind of magic. The final section of the piece – which brings us back to earth with its recapitulation of earlier material – is characterised by the sound of its ‘slow-to-start’, hand-cranked engine.

One for Mum

RM189 One for Mum Davidson OB/PNO
RM189 One for Mum Davidson OB/PNO

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RM189e One for Mum Davidson OB/PNO
RM189e One for Mum Davidson OB/PNO

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Composer: Lachlan Davidson
Composed: 1995 Duration: 4 mins.
Instrumentation: Oboe & Piano Level C
Exam Grade: HSC Oboe,
VCE Oboe
ISMN: M-720059-20-4 Catalogue: RM189
Level: C Country: Australia

I wrote this in 1995 (at a time when my Mum was sick) and I'm delighted that so many people have enjoyed playing it since, hopefully to their Mums too. I've heard many renditions and have enjoyed the diversity of interpretations people have brought to it. It is best to practise it slowly with the metronome, learning the tricky bits separately at first. Don't make too much of the semi-quavers as they are ornaments to the main melody but do try to be accurate with them and don't swallow them. Latch on to the accents as they really bring out the Latin-Jazz feel of the piece. The dynamics help create more emotional ebb and flow in the music.