Master of Music
Department or Program
AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF
Gregory A Tomlinson, for the Masters of Performance degree in Music, presented on April 4, 2014, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
TITLE: THE MUSIC OF BACH, MOZART, POULENC AND FRANCAIX IN RECITAL
MAJOR PROFESSOR: Professor Edward Benyas
The following program notes are written on the occasion of my Master’s of Music recital. The recital split in two halves separated by an intermission. The first half opens with J. S. Bach’s “Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not”, from Cantata No. 21, BWV 21. The second piece is Mozart’s Concerto in C major for Oboe and Orchestra, KV 314 (285d). This first half is designated as standards of Oboe repertoire before 1800. Following the intermission is two pieces from my favorite period—early twentieth century French. The first piece is L’Horloge de Flore: pour hautbois solo et orchestra. This seven movement piece by Jean Francaix provided the ultimate challenge for both performance as well as research; for it’s quickly changing moods as well as the limited sources existing in the United States. The final piece of the program is the standard Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon by Francis Poulenc. Representing the double reed instruments as a family, the blending of voices is a fitting close for the program, and represents the culmination of the oboe as an instrument fitting for chamber music.