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Fanfares for Libraries : for solo oboe with two smartphones

by James Ledger (2021)

Work Overview

When I was thinking about a solo work for oboe, the idea of extended techniques was at the front of my mind. However, so much has already been done in this area, that I turned to electronics and how its use might fall under the banner of 'extended technique'. I thought the inclusion of 'self-sufficient' electronics was one way to approach it. Using mobile phones seemed an obvious choice, as it is really easy to set up and requires no complex audio equipment. It's very portable and self-contained.

There is a duality that pervades this piece: libraries are places for quiet reading and contemplation and generally not for loud, brassy, ceremonial pieces. Talking on a phone is also shunned and I liked the idea of fanfares and mobile phones coming together where they should not.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Oboe, 2 smartphones.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Alexandra Allan

Commission note: Commissioned by The ANAM Set, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with funds provided by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

First performance: by Alexandra Allan — 29 Nov 21. The Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia


Performances of this work

29 Nov 21: The Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia. Featuring Alexandra Allan.

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