Dance of the Hoodoos

by Pamela J. Marshall

for oboe, violin, cello, piano

Duration ~5.5 min.



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If you are looking for a toe-tapping, audience-pleasing piece of contemporary chamber music with oboe, Dance of the Hoodoos will fit right into your programming. Hoodoos is a quartet for oboe, violin, cello, and piano, about 5.5 minutes long. This atmospheric piece is in two parts. The opening Part 1 is mysterious, a whispered invitation, with a haunting melody and gently clanging piano chords. Part two is a stomping, syncopated dance.

The two short parts are played as one movement:

I. Andante, hesitating

II. Allegro vigoroso

Composer’s note:

“I wrote Dance of the Hoodoos as my contribution to the Rapido contest’s 2-week composing challenge in June 2012. The theme was dance. The exotic beginning and the heavy-footed music of part 2 brought to mind the eerie hoodoos near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park, which I had seen a couple of years before. When we first saw them at twilight, they looked like looming ghosts.”


First performance Mystery Park Arts Band at the Subtropics Experimental Music and Sound Arts Festival, SoBe Institute of the Arts, Miami Beach, Florida, USA, March 15, 2013

Recording Lexington Symphony Chamber Players recorded Dance of the Hoodoos for the album Through the Mist on Ravello Records

Listen to Dance of the Hoodoos on Spotify: Part 1 Part 2, from the album Through the Mist

Listen to a synthesized demo of Dance of the Hoodoos on ReverbNation


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