Enchanted, Score

by Pamela J. Marshall

for oboe solo, chamber orchestra

Duration 12.5 minutes


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Enchanted features the expressive voice of the oboe in a magical, pastoral mood. The chamber orchestra instrumentation is the same as Barber’s Knoxville, without the soprano.

The composer writes:

A lot of my music is shaped by images and sounds of the natural world. As I wrote Enchanted, I had in my mind the magic of filtered sunlight in dark forests and the joy of being in a remote spot, sharing it with singing birds, maybe even elves, absorbing the magic of the place.

The opening is an incantation – calling kindred spirits to celebrate the forests and hidden glades. The voice of that world is the oboe. You’ll hear the oboe’s fanfare-like motive come back to introduce several new sections of music. Finally at the end, the oboe starts a grand chant-like song that is taken up by the rest of the orchestra as a finale to the celebration.

Enchanted is a 2006 project of the Spindrift Commissioning Guild. Read about the Enchanted project…


oboe solo, 1011-2100-harp, strings (oboe solo, flute, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, harp, strings)


Listen to an MP3 of the premiere. The performers are the Concord Chamber Ensemble. Veronica Kenney is the oboist and Alan Yost is the conductor. There have been a few revisions with measures added since that performance, particularly at C and before and after S.


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