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Simpson, Mark: Nur Musik Just Music (2008) 8'
for oboe and ensemble

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solo oboe 1(=picc, afl).corA.1(=bcl,Ebcl).1(=dbn)-1.1.1.0-perc:lg tam-t/lg BD/lg susp.cym/vib/whip/5 temple blocks-pft-strings

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World Premiere

14/05/2008
St George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool
Jonathan Small, oboe / Ensemble 10/10 / Clark Rundell

Composer's Notes

When I was approached to write for Ensemble 10/10 in 2008, the year Liverpool was European Capital of Culture, I immediately heard the sound of a soaring oboe line wrapped inside a dense, dark and murky ensemble texture, fighting to be heard amongst aggressive, volatile and even explosive music. Immediately after, in stark contrast, I heard softer, tender and more intimate music. I also wanted to highlight the oboe’s power to sing with yearning, lyrical intensity. These two opposing worlds form the basic structure of the work. The piece was written during a stay in Berlin in 2008. It has no extra-musical influence, hence the title Nur Musik, which translates as ‘just music’ or ‘simply music’.

Nur Musik is dedicated to Ensemble 10/10.

© 2016 Mark Simpson

Recommended Recording

Jonathan Small/Ensemble 10/10/Clark Rundell
NMC D225

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