Concertino for Oboe and Orchestra (2014)
Premiered by Rachel Van Amburgh and the USC Thornton Symphony; Donald Crockett, conductor
This Concertino was written for oboist Rachel Van Amburgh. It is in three continuous movements, with a cadenza at the very beginning and another near the end of the work. In a piece that features the oboe, one might expect the composer to downplay the role of the rest of the woodwinds in the ensemble. However, I decided to embrace the remainder of the section. The piece prominently features the flute, English horn, bassoon, and especially the clarinet, both in contrapuntal accompaniment to the oboe and in secondary soloistic roles.
USC Thornton Symphony
Rachel Van Amburgh, oboe
Donald Crockett, conductor