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Lament : for oboe, clarinet in Bb, and bassoon

by Jennifer Fowler (1987, this version: 2001)

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Performance by Beaumont Reed Trio from the CD Works of Jennifer Fowler. Transcriptions Disc 4

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Work Overview

Lament was written in response to the death of a friend.

In this piece I wanted to spin a long line of wordless lamentation. I was aiming to explore what one could say within quite strict limitations: spinning out a few notes at a time; twisting and turning; keeping up a sense of momentum and a sense of progression. Underneath, the bleak intervals of 4ths and 5ths at cadence points are used to underpin the line, but also to unsettle it with uneasy independent movement.

Work Details

Year: 1987, this version: 2001

Instrumentation: Oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Catherine Pluygers.. Commissioned for Festival of New Music for Wind, London, 2001-2002

First performance: by Pluygers Wind Ensemble — 25 Sep 01. British Music Information Centre, London

Performances of this work

25 Feb 07: St Mary's College, South Bond, Indiana, USA. Featuring Claricello Ensemble.

28 May 06: Dickson Space, Newtown, NSW. Featuring Anthea Cottee.

7 Nov 04: Mt Holyoke College, MA, USA. Featuring Geoffrey Burgess, Robert Eisenstein.

6 Nov 04: Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. Featuring Robert Eisenstein, Geoffrey Burgess.

24 Jan 03: Oratory School, Reading, UK. Featuring Natasha Briger, Ros Dunlop.

23 Jan 03: Sandwich Technology School, Kent, UK. Featuring Natasha Briger, Ros Dunlop.

7 Jul 02: The Tower Tavern, Clipstone St, London W1, UK. Featuring London Chamber Group.

25 Sep 01: British Music Information Centre, London. Featuring Pluygers Wind Ensemble.

9 Sep 01: Benslow Music Trust, Hitchen, Herts, UK. Featuring Ian Scott, Margaret Archibald, David Campbell.

23 Jul 01: Dartington Hall, Dartington Summer School, Devon, UK. Featuring Susanna Pell, Gail Hennessy.

8 Jul 01: The Tower Tavern, Clipstone St, London W1, UK. Featuring London Chamber Group.

6 Jul 01: St Mary Abbott's Church, Kensington, London, UK. Featuring Beaumont Reed Trio.

30 Nov 99: The Tower Tavern, Clipstone St, London W1, UK. Featuring London Chamber Group.

13 Aug 99: St Mary's Abbott Church, Kensington, London, UK. Featuring Katy Jones, Rachel Barnes.

19 Dec 98: Berlin, Germany. Featuring Regine Zimmermann, Petra Sauerwald.

1997: London, UK. Featuring Tubalaté Quartet.

23 Apr 96: Australia House, London, U.K.. Featuring Natasha Anderson, Anthea Cottee.

20 Sep 91: Christ Church, Brougham Place, North Adelaide, SA. Featuring Jo Dudley, Alison Both.

23 Jun 90: St Peter's Church, Wallingford, Oxon, UK. Featuring Elisabeth Liddle, Gail Hennessy.

6 Dec 88: St Mary's Parish Church, Putney, London SW15, UK. Featuring Gail Hennessy, Susanna Pell.

8 Feb 88: Purcell Room, The Southbank Centre, London, UK. Featuring Gail Hennessy, Elizabeth Liddle.

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