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Dialogues

oboe and piano

duration 12’00”


The five movements of Dialogues depict various interactions between imaginary characters.  The first movement, Muse, portrays inspiration and encouragement, and the second, Banter, depicts a playful and flirtatious exchange.  In contrast, the third movement, Bane, portrays annoyance and bickering leading to a heated argument.  The fourth, Soliloquy, is a melancholy and introspective conversation with oneself.  The piece concludes with Chatter, a lively movement depicting several simultaneous conversations in which the characters are sometimes talking “at” each other rather than “to” each other. The piece is unified by recurring melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material that appears at the beginning of the first movement.  This material is treated as the topic of the dialogue and is revisited in various ways throughout the four movements that follow. 


Dialogues was premiered in its original form in 2003 by oboist Marlen Vavrikova.  A recording by oboist Laura Medisky is included on her album Personalities: 21st Century American Music for Oboe (Centaur Records, 2012). 


An alto saxophone and piano version of Dialogues was composed in 2013 for saxophonist Sara Kind.

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Awards

  1. FIRST PRIZE 2001 Tampa Bay Composers Forum Composition Prize

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Recording included on this album

Recorded on Personalities, Laura Medisky, oboe, Vincent Fuh, piano, Centaur Records (2010) Purchase here