Composer: Wilson, Dana
Publisher: Dana Wilson
for oboe and piano
by Dana Richard Wilson (b. 1946)- American composer, jazz pianist, and teacher
Dedicated to David Weiss and Alpha H. Walker. In the composer's words: The mandala, a Sanskrit term for an archetypal circle, is a pan-cultural symbol whose shape suggests both linearity and no-linearity. Thus, it often represents both time and timelessness, as well as the cyclical nature of life. Circular motion, often symbolized in art by the wheel, has no beginning or end, and is thus immutable. These are the images that inspired this piece for oboe and piano. The purity of the oboe sound and the "spinning" nature of the piano writing perhaps represent some of these images in sound. At the same time, music is a human endeavor and thus not perfect, and so, perhaps paradoxically, the instruments and their material (the variegation so beautifully characteristic of the oboe, and the wide range of piano textures and colors) suggest an imperfection and seeking that drive the work.