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Supernova : for solo oboe & metronome

by Katia Beaugeais (2009)

Work Overview

Supernova for oboe and metronome is a perfect piece for the HSC. This work depicts a 'supernova': a huge stellar explosion involving the destruction of a massive star that can become billions of times as bright as the sun before fading from view. At its maximum brightness, the exploded star may outshine an entire galaxy. The metronome begins in 4/4 and the oboist enters with a rhythmic crotchet motif to imitate the metronome's high-pitched bell and tick-tock sound. The oboist plays in different time metres against the metronome to create virtuosic polyrhythmic effects. There are 'time versus out of time' passages between the metronome and oboe part that allow the oboist to improvise and play in a free tempo.
The climactic end of Supernova is enhanced by contemporary playing techniques. Double trills, multiphonics, flutter-tongue and growl effects create an intense and exhilarating finish. All extended techniques and fingerings are clearly displayed on the score.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Oboe + mechanical metronome.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Pulsating rhythms and polymetre changes requires high level of technique

Dedication note: Dedicated to Alexandre Oguey

The Last Flight of Saint-Ex for oboe and string quartet. Fast, virtuosic rhythmic oboe piece with metronome. The oboe and metronome create a range of fun polyrhythmic effects.

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