Sinfonia was composed for the John Mack Memorial Concert
and was premiered by an ensemble of 52 former students
of Mr. Mack. The composition presented the challenge of
being scored for a large, in fact, unknown number of
oboists and English hornists. Because the notion of such
an ensemble would normally elicit laughs, the composer
felt she had
to be very careful to avoid any semblance of silliness
on this thoughtful occasion. Therefore the piece was
written in such a way that only occasionally do all
players play at once. The piece begins with a very
recognizable, noble, baroque-era-inspired chorale played
by all. This chorale alternates with longer, more
complex melodic sections, each of which is scored for a
different solo grouping of 4 oboes and one English horn,
thus allowing more expressivity and agility than would
be possible with greater numbers of players.
Regarding the Sinfonia setup: There are 8 different solo
sections. These are the sections the composer established
for the premiere, but they can be shared in any way any
oboe ensemble sees fit. For the John Mack Memorial
Concert there were enough players that each solo group
had one of those eight sections. A smaller group may
decide, for example, to allow five soloists to play
groups 1, 2, & 3, and another group to play 4 & 5, etc.
It would all depend on the numbers and abilities of
The absolute minimum number of players is 7:
(1) oboe I, (2) oboe II, (3) oboe III, (4) oboe IV,
(5) Eng. Horn, (6) oboe 1 for the obbligato player,
and (7) oboe 2 for the other obbligato player. Of
course, a larger number will make the piece sound
fuller and is preferable.
This set includes a full score and 2 copies of each part.
Extra parts are available @ $2.50/each. Contact Jeanne,
Inc. to order specific extra parts.
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