Muse Echo

Dear Guests,

Welcome back! Here you can explore generation 4 of the Oboe Brilliance Muse Echo. It’s time again for a new “growing season" round of new blogs. From time to time I hit reset. 

Here we celebrate the creative process, the art of oboe study, oboe teaching, and share insight into the music made and shared here. Feel free to email questions and/or introduce yourself! 

Historically, I will blog in response to an email…! 

Yours in the service of music and thank you for visiting,

Below are the sound bites from the home page, with additional information. Enjoy.

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Oboe Solo

K.J.P. performs VIPER, étude V from the book of 12 progressive études, “In Adoration of the Earth”

In Adoration of the Earth takes about 20+ minutes to play cover to cover and is an excellent warm up for accomplished oboists. It is like a “sun salutation” in yoga, in that it covers all the pertinent aspects of oboe skill. The 12 études are progressive, starting with a beginner level and rapidly advancing up through virtuosic level. 
Each étude introduces and covers key aspects for technical elegance. Techniques introduced in standard 20th century repertoire such as 1.4 tones, and multi phonics are creatively introduced in a pleasant hand holding and creative way. Tonal, modal, and chromatic forms are used. So too metered, mixed metered and non metered works.
I composed these études over a 15 year period mostly for my students and hope you will find them “instrumental” for yours and yourself as well! Most are suitable for adding into a recital and many are perfect for an encore! International SKYPE lessons are available to assist you or a student with any étude. $75 per hour, prepaid by appointment. Email questions are free. Don’t hesitate.

Oboe Ensemble

Two contrasting oboe duets: K.J.P. and oboist Marika Lombardi perform duets no. 3  and no. 4  from the book of 7 oboe duets “The Secrets of Ravens”

I composed “The Secret of Ravens” a book of 7 intermediate oboe duets for a dear adult student, of 9 years, Cheryl Tuttle, for the pure joy of oboe playing and in celebration of her accomplishments! Cheryl inspired this work and we’ve enjoyed studying, playing and performing it together. Good memories. 

Oboe In Ensemble

Wood Wind Quintet no. 2, IX Stages of Purification, by K.J. P. (sample of composition services) composed custom for, and performed by Quintetto Anemos, in a live premiere recording. 
Filippo Mazzoli, flute; Marika Lombardi, oboe; Nicola Zuccalà, clarinet, Albin Lebossé, horn; Ivan Calestani, bassoon. 

After composing Wood Wind Quintet #1, Songes d’un cœur épris, for Quintetto Anemos, I heard the gist and some sound of this quintet in a dream - before I met the ensemble. After meeting and working with these lovely musicians, I composed this quintet - as a gift - and with each instrumentalist in mind and with no strings or expectations attached.
On March 6, 2015, they premiered this work in celebration of international women’s day, in Paris, France at the Italian Consulate. It was a thrill for me and I am so honored to share this. I cannot thank them enough. I feel this is a rhapsodic adventure exploring and celebrating the traditional wood wind quintet! I feel SO HAPPY when I compose for wood wind quintet. I hope you enjoy hearing this wonderful ensemble of musicians.