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Monk Fish Tango

by OboeBass!

Evocative, virtuosic crossovers between classical, jazz, and tango styles composed for and performed on English horn and double bass.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. It Takes Two...
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2. 'Round Midnight
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3. Schubert's Trout Served Four Ways; Or, Three Fishy Variations on a Familiar Theme
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Timothy Goplerud has written so many compositions for OboeBass! that we sometimes call him “the third member of the OboeBass! duo.” These pieces for English horn and bass showcase the craftsmanship, compositional range, and humor of Tim’s distinctive musical voice. We credit “It Takes Two . . .” as the piece that inspired us to pursue our duo career and we dedicate this CD to Tim and his wonderful music. Thanks Tim! - Rolf and Carrie

Program notes by Timothy Goplerud:

“It Takes Two . . .” is the first piece that I wrote for OboeBass!. It’s influenced by a love for film noir, the Nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla, and French café music, especially as evoked by Poulenc. It was premiered by Rolf and Carrie at the 1999 conference of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors at Ball State University and has been a core item of their repertory ever since. The Juilliard Journal once referred to it as “elegantly smoldering”, which is my favorite description so far.

‘Round Midnight is, of course, the immortal jazz classic by Thelonious Monk. Its melancholy theme seemed particularly well-suited to the English horn, and accompanying it by a lone string bass just seemed to add to its poignancy.

Schubert’s “Trout” Served Four Ways (or, “Three Fishy Variations on a Familiar Theme”) was written on very short notice for a performance by Rolf and Carrie at the Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN. When the Duo received the invitation, they were requested to play something by Schubert. Since Schubert hadn’t actually written anything for oboe or English horn and bass during his tragically short life, an appropriate substitute had to be found (or invented). A variation set seemed fitting, and as a bassist writing for another bassist, the choice of Schubert theme was naturally “The Trout,” which all bass players know from their favorite piece of chamber music, Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

Composer and performer bios:

Timothy Goplerud enjoys writing music that mixes classical and vernacular musical styles. A former bassist with years of symphonic and jazz experience, he aims to write music that is as gratifying to the fingers as it is to the ears. His music is performed at recitals and music festivals around the world, and is regularly featured at conferences of the International Double Reed Society and the International Society of Bassists. He is a member of ASCAP.

Called “pioneers” by Minnesota Public Radio, Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl have effectively created a new genre of music through their OboeBass! commissions, performances and recordings. As the world’s only professional oboe/bass duo, they perform recitals around the country. Their Pages of Music educational presentations blend music and literature in programs for all ages from pre-schools to senior residences.

Carrie Vecchione teaches oboe at the MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, and freelances in the Twin Cities, including substitute work with the Minnesota Orchestra. She was Principal Oboe for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Ft. Wayne Philharmonic. She has soloed in Carnegie Hall, and taught at UW Eau Claire, St. Olaf College, the Sewanee Summer Music Center, and the International Peace Gardens Music Camp. Her Doctoral and Bachelor degrees are from Louisiana State Univ., and her Master’s from the Manhattan School of Music.

Rolf Erdahl teaches bass Gustavus Adolphus College and is Principal Bass of the Mankato Symphony. Previously Principal Bass of the Winnipeg Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, he subs with the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and formerly performed with the Honolulu Symphony, Breckenridge Music Festival, Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and the Peabody Conservatory (Doctorate). He studied Edvard Grieg’s music in Norway as a Fulbright and Scandinavian-American Foundation Scholar.

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