Metamorphosis for two oboes & piano (2018)
Program Note by Jenni Brandon
Metamorphosis explores starkness, freedom, and a dance of discovery of self as told through the interweaving lines of the oboes. The piano becomes the support that helps guide the changes along the way, ebbing and flowing in its own voice. The instruments frequently intermingle, continuously evolving into something new. It is a single-movement work in which the section titles come from a variety of synonyms for the word “metamorphosis.” I wanted all of the movements to be related to each other in some way; transitioning, growing and evolving throughout this journey of change.
The evolution of this piece appropriately went through a metamorphosis of its own. It started its life as a different story of growth and change, but eventually evolved into the story of metamorphosis: from being vulnerable, to finally discovering the joy that comes with great change.
I am grateful to Lindabeth Binkley for giving the world premiere of this work as well as making the world premiere recording.
Dane Philipsen, oboe & Mary Jo Cox, piano
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