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... one mirror, cracked ... : for oboe and piano

by Karen Lemon (2016)

Work Overview

In composing this piece, what came out for the beginning was a con fuoco frenzy of octatonicism. However, what came out next was a placid idyll of 2-3 suspensions. Thus, I ended up with a rather two-faced work-in-progress, and needed to find some way of holding it all together. From the point of view of formal balance, I felt that the initial con fuoco music needed to return, and so, in time-honoured fashion, I simply refracted some of the placid music through the lens of the fiery. While the title of the piece resonates with this process, I confess that it in fact arrived by other means: while observing some neighbours moving house, I imagined, at the other end, the insurance assessor doing the damage inventory: "… one mirror, cracked …".

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Oboe, piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium — The piece was designed for advanced teenage players; the level is appropriate for final HSC performance exams on oboe.

Winner of the Australasian Double Reed Society Composition Competition, 2016.


... one mirror, cracked ...

Performances of this work

1 Oct 16: The New Hall, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney, Australia. Featuring Thomas Hutchinson, Jeanell Carrigan.

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