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Scherzo for Oboe and Percussion (1975)
Third movement of the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra

see also: the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra


First performed September 12, 1975, by Bert Lucarelli, oboe, with the American Symphony Orchestra, Kakuyashi Akiyama, conductor, Carnegie Hall, New Yok, NY


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Scored for oboe soloist and percussion: timpani, three percussionists, harp, and piano or celeste

Duration  6 minutes



Humbert Lucarelli, oboe,with the American Symphony Orchestra; Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor RCA (BMG) 60395-2-RG (1990)
Steinar Hannevold, oboe, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Dmitri Kitajenko, conductor Pro Musica PPC 9041 (2001)
Douglas Bairstow, oboe, with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey, conductor WSO Records WSOCD 9401 (1994)


Program note

The Oboe Concerto is highly theatrical virtuoso solo music for both soloist and orchestra. The Scherzo is a high-velocity polyrhythmic episode for oboe and percussion, with harp and piano. Here oboe multiphonics are set against percussion instruments. The trio, scored for vibraphone, celeste, and harp, is a graceful, pirouetting, china-doll kind of music that evokes 18th century in spite of the non-pitched percussion that whirls about it.

                     — John Corigliano

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