George Owen 'Four Garden Miniatures'
  • George Owen 'Four Garden Miniatures'
  • George Owen 'Four Garden Miniatures'

George Owen 'Four Garden Miniatures'

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Four quirky miniatures, each describing a winter's garden and composed for solo bassoon by George Owen in January 2021.

In 2020-21, I was grateful to spend the winter holidays watching the wildlife in the garden of my parents’ house. I chose to write a series of miniatures for the most characterful of instruments, the bassoon. The first movement

Four quirky miniatures, each describing a winter's garden and composed for solo bassoon by George Owen in January 2021.

In 2020-21, I was grateful to spend the winter holidays watching the wildlife in the garden of my parents’ house. I chose to write a series of miniatures for the most characterful of instruments, the bassoon. The first movement uses the chilly key of D minor to convey the scene in wintertime and juxtaposes the warmth of the lower register of the bassoon (my heated indoor position) with the cold exterior in the highest register of the bassoon. The second movement demonstrates the agility of the bassoon, both in the rapid tonguing of the opening and the angular motion of the smoother middle melody. The third movement is very static and is centred around the note A. The final movement is very excitable through its regular repetition of an oompah bassline and its syncopated melody, though a gentler 5/4 melody in the middle tries to temper that somewhat.

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