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PETER OLAF SWANSON
...and the sorrow of sincere devotion
for oboe and piano
Op. 9 (2016)
In the summer of 2016 I was named winner of the Iowa Composer Forum's Student Commission Competition. I was commissioned to write a new work for Heather Armstrong, Professor of Oboe at Luther College. The work was premiered at the ICF's Midwinter Festival the next January, though I was unable to attend because of a blizzard that stopped flights out of Minneapolis!
The work functions in four continuous sections, each one focusing on a style of oboe writing I admire. The piece also calls for the oboist to play several notes on a suspended cymbal.
Decorah IA, Jan 2017
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