||Harvey Stokes' Chamber Concerto for Oboe
and String Quartet was completed in 1978. The work consists of three
movements labelled Allegretto, Larghetto con espressione, and Moderato.
Within each movement, there are frequent meter and tempo changes which
heighten the existing contrapuntal and rhythmic motives found in each of
the parts. The oboe writing is particularly virtuosic while each of the
string parts also demands artistry and skill of its player. The work is
atonal though each movement is tightly constructed around a set of notes
and unifying rhythmic motives. The use of overlapping duple and triple
divisions of the beat, found in all of the parts, imparts a lively interplay
which is particularly noticeable in the faster tempos. Written when Dr.
Stokes was only 21 years old, this work displays a talent for orchestration
and a deep understanding of compositional technique.
Copy of original loaned by Harvey J. Stokes.
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