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Shadow of Paradise (Oboe/Percussion)

COMPOSER: Edward Gregson
PUBLISHER: Novello and Co
PRODUCT TYPE: Book [Softcover]
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Oboe
Shadow of Paradise was written specially for Melinda Maxwell. The work was completed in 2005, the same year that she recorded the work together with Richard Benjafield (percussion) for the Dutton label. 'The work isbased on the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan, and I have attempted to
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Specifications
Composer Edward Gregson
Publisher Novello and Co
Instrumentation Oboe Percussion
Product Type Book [Softcover]
Instrument Group Oboe
Style Period Post 1901
Year of Publication 2014
Genre Classical
EAN 5020679581957
Style Period Post 1901
No. MUSNOV121781
Description
Shadow of Paradise was written specially for Melinda Maxwell. The work was completed in 2005, the same year that she recorded the work together with Richard Benjafield (percussion) for the Dutton label.

'The work isbased on the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan, and I have attempted to capture some of the spirit of his highly evocative text in my music.

It is structured in three main sections: the opening section (And ‘midthis tumult Kubla heard from far Ancestral voices prophesying war) is dramatic in nature with the oboe announcing two ideas - the first a high repeated note rhythmic pattern (later with multiphonics), answered by sixdifferentlypitched drums and temple blocks, and the second a short lyrical phrase mainly built on thirds.

In the second section (A damsel with a dulcimer In a vision once I saw…Could I revive within me Her symphony andsong) the solo oboe transforms the repeated notes and thirds of the first section into a love song, underpinned by the percussionist’s vibraphone and crotales.

A short reprise of the very opening leads into the finalsection (Beware! Beware! His flashing eyes, his floating hair! Weave a circle round him thrice…) which mirrors the text with three short dances in chain form, folk-like in character and increasingly climactic. A final reprise ofthe opening seems to suggest a violent end, but the oboe’s echo of the love song, answered by the percussionist’s crotales, brings the work to a gentlerconclusion.'

            Edward Gregson - December 2011

Instrumentation:
Solo oboe
Solo percussion (6 templeblocks, 2 bongos, 4 tom-toms, vibraphone, crotales, 2 tambourines)
Songlist
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