Op. 5 - Musical Sketch

FROM THE BOOK: “ESSAYS ON THE MUSIC OF IOSIF ANDRIASOV” WRITTEN BY MARTA ANDRIASOVA (MARINA KUDRYASHOVA)

IOSIF ANDRIASOV MUSICAL SKETCH FOR OBOE, VIBRAPHONE, AND STRING ORCHESTRA, OP. 5

Iosif Andriasov composed the Musical Sketch for Oboe, Vibraphone, and String Orchestra in 1970. The Musical Sketch was broadcast by the “Yunost’” radio station as the “head-piece” to a program. This composition was recorded by the great oboist Alexander Zayontz.

SYNOPSIS

The Musical Sketch for Oboe, Vibraphone, and String Orchestra (Andante, G minor, 4/4 time, 28 measures) is a delicate, refined piece. It is in one movement, written in the three-part form (ABA1). The Musical Sketch opens without any introduction, with a pastoral elegiac, melancholic melody, played by the oboe. The orchestral texture changes several times, being interrupted by pauses that emphasize the various emotional shades of the “solid” Oboe melody.

MUSIC OF THE TIMES

In the 1970s, Iosif Andriasov, perceptive and alert to new musical ideas, styles and manners of his time, became interested, as many composers of his generation, in the novelties of contemporary Western avant-garde music. His idea was not only to master the new techniques, but, while applying them, fuse different styles and techniques into one composition. It reflected the main idea of culture in the 1960s – the beginning of 1970s, namely, the idea of pluralism. During these years, the problem of pluralism was actively discussed in Soviet society, including the musical circles. In the Musical Sketch for Oboe, Vibraphone, and String Orchestra, Iosif Andriasov brought together folk-style tonal melody, aleatory, and micropolyphony.

FUN FACT

In 1973, I. Andriasov wrote the Concertino for Clarinet and Symphony Orchestra. For its first (slow) movement, he borrowed the material from his Musical Sketch for Oboe, Vibraphone, and String Orchestra. There are, of course, differences between the two compositions: instrumentation, texture, tempo, and other details.

YOUTUBE LINKS

Alexander Zayontz, Oboe: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZj8PG0wk1o

MARTA ANDRIASOVA ESSAYS
http://www.andriasovstore.com/martaessays.htm

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