Farrington - Lamenting Lullaby (oboe, violin, viola, cello) - copy
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
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