Trio for Oboe, Harp, and Contrabass

from by Matthew Neil Andrews

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Composed fall 2000 through spring 2001; performed and recorded in the spring of 2001.

My composition teacher, Dr. Robert T. Reno of the University of Indiana, Bloomington, challenged me to make something less "boxy" than usual.

My solution was to remove all the bar lines and direct the performers to interpret small repeating cells of musical gestures to be played an indeterminate number of times, in something like the manner of George Crumb, Krzysztof Penderecki, or Terry Riley.

Because I can't resist a stupid pun, I experimented with a graphic notation in which these cells were placed in boxes (handwritten on the score by the composer, in the dank old Orange County pizza joint where oboist Scott Dash worked, if memory serves).

The outer sections explore the "acoustic" scale used so extensively by Béla Bartók (major scale with raised fourth and both major and minor sevenths, derived from the overtone series); the middle section derives from a minor scale common in Southeast Asia (minor third and sixth, no fourth or seventh).


from Vanguard Recitals, released May 17, 2016
Composed by Matthew Andrews.

Performed by: Scott Dash, oboe; unknown, harp; Joel McNally, contrabass.



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