Of Air and Touch-OB/PN
Composer: Shapiro, Alex
Publisher: Alex Shapiro
for oboe and piano
by Alex Shapiro (b. 1962)- American composer
Of Air and Touch is a uniquely American piece in its mutt-like nature, with music that's happily influenced by disparate cultures. Driving rhythms and scales recalling those heard in the Middle East, meet jazz-inspired harmonies in a lyrical middle section evoking France in the earlier part of the 20th century.
The title refers to the sensual nature of each instrument, as agile fingers pry emotion and urgency from materials that were once alive, and live again through the beautiful sounds they create.
This piece is a re-working of Shapiro's piece, Of Breath and Touch for bassoon and piano. Many changes have been made in consideration of an oboe playing the solo line instead of bassoon, and the result is charming and original.