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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 (oboe solo, 1011-2100-harp, strings).
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.
Listen to an MP3 of the premiere, with orchestra, on the Enchanted score page.
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