This other Eden

oboe and piano
2020

Duration 8’30
Instrumentation oboe, piano
First Performance 15 November 2020, Müpa Palace of Arts Budapest, Hungary; Cristina Gómez Godoy (oboe), Mario Häring (piano)
Commissioned by the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) for the ECHO Rising Stars tour
Further Performances
10/01/2021 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
22/01/2021 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
23-24/01/2021 Sage Gateshead; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
04/02/2021 Philharmonie Luxembourg; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
07/02/2021 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
13/02/2021 Konzerthaus Dortmund; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
19/02/2021 Konserthuset Stockholm; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
28/02/2021 Kölner Philharmonie; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
03/03/2021 Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
05/03/2021 Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
07/03/2021 NOSPR Katowice; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
01/05/2021 Barbican Centre London; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
02/05/2021 BOZAR Brussels; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
12/05/2021 Wiener Musikverein; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
15/05/2021 Casa da Música Porto; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring
09/06/2021 Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona; Cristina Gómez Godoy, Mario Häring

The work comprises of three movements, the 2nd and 3rd connected without pause, and runs 8 minutes ’30 in total.

Opening in unison, the oboe and piano sing and ring out, like bells tolling. Darkly defiant, the voices are strong-willed and resistant. Fear, contained within a (supposed) protective wall is illustrated musically by a pendulous piano accompaniment, draped around a melancholic yet expressive oboe line. Later, a solo passage for the oboe holds a longing, yearning quality, before the tolling returns to end the section.

The second movement is flighty and fragile. Has freedom been granted or wrested away? Like birds in the air, the music here flutters around freely. Now, intense and gritty, the third movement captures a sense of resigned disbelief: the dissonant discourse of a nation. Separate voices make statements and pose questions, with no answers to be found. The music is left hanging, high in the air.