Commissioned by and written especially for oboist Chelsea Cox, this piece
is intended to portray an attitude that is, by nature, light-hearted and
jaunty. The primary compositional material of this piece is a single musical
gesture that climbs from the low register of the piano up to a descending
minor third in the oboe. This motive, heard almost immediately at the
beginning of the piece, provides the impetus for all of the rhythmic and
melodic ideas heard thereafter. Furthermore, the minor third interval serves
as the harmonic foundation of this piece.
Rather than literally referring to a fast tempo, 'snappy' is intended to depict
the attitude of this piece. The mood of the performance should feel
confident and optimistic, rather than frantic or frazzled. There are some timbre
trills and one multiphonic, with a fingering provided. The music is
"upbeat" and will be appealing to the audience. The total duration is
approximately 6.5 minutes.
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