Duo (performance scores) - OB/BSN
Composer: Hanna, Reed
Publisher: Potenza Music
for oboe and bassoon
by Reed A. Hanna - American composer
The Duo for oboe and bassoon was written in late 2015 for two of the composer's former teachers, Dr. Stephanie Caulder and Dr. Jason Worzbyt, whose performances always inspired. This piece was premiered at the 2016 IDRS Conference in Columbus, GA.
The first movement is a fun exploration of the possibilities of the scalar collection E-F-G-A-Bb-D, where C/C# are used as color tones. In this collection, E and Bb are used as central pitches, creating a pervasive unresolved feeling, even when combined with a more traditional tonal language. The second movement is a sultry tango in b-flat minor that utilizes the lyrical and expressive capabilities of both instruments.s The third movement, Rondofunk, is an exploration in miniature form. As the title suggests, the movement is kind of like a rondo in a funk and is also heavily influenced by popular styles. The rondo form remains intact until the third statement of the 8-measure rondo theme, wherein this theme is continually interrupted by fragmented recapitulations of previous episodic material (clearly, a "rondo in a funk"). The movement ends with an exciting coda.