Composer: Musgrave, Thea
Publisher: Novello (England)
for oboe, violin, viola, and cello
by Thea Musgrave (b. 1928)- Scottish composer
From the composer:
The work is a short, lyrical piece where an outside (the oboe) joins the group and adds to their dialogue. At first the newcomer is treated with a mixture of suspicion and agitation, but eventually is made welcome. The oboe is invited to share the musical theme that has been established which he then proceeds to embellish and adorn. He leads the harmonic changes that result in the theme being heard in many different keys. He then introduces a new theme. The excitement grows and leads to a climax. A peaceful coda re-establishes the original theme and all ends harmoniously among the integrated quartet.
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