Farrington - Lamenting Lullaby (oboe, violin, viola, cello)
For oboe, violin, viola, cello
The Oboe Quartet genre has inspired Classical era composers such as Mozart, J.C. Bach, Stamitz as well as numerous 20th Century composers: Britten, Lennox Berkeley, Gordon Jacob and many in the present day. Lamenting Lullaby was composed in 2018, based on material written in 2007. It is a meditation on the death of a child at birth, and of quiet grief. The piece is in three sections: slow, sustained music for the strings of restrained tension and release; a distant solo oboe call; and folk-like lullaby music of gentle simplicity, with lamenting phrases from the oboe. Its duration is around 9 minutes. The oboe player should be at a distance from the string players or off-stage.
Instrumentation: oboe, violin, viola, cello
Includes full score and complete set of parts