for solo oboe

Patrick Nunn

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for solo oboe

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Composer Patrick Nunn
Year of Composition 2019
Duration ca.3'

Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-pn1v1


Veiled is one of a collection of 200 solo pieces commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Academy of Music in 2022. The title embodies both the performance direction and the working process behind the piece. The performer is given the direction “lontano” – can be performed off-stage” alluding to something hidden whereas the melodic material is constructed by a masking of pitch-based encryptions of the establishment’s title. By themselves, these encrypted pitches provide little interest due to the lack of chromaticism and excessive repetitions. Instead, their colourless simplicity is masked and transformed by neighbouring chromatic embellishment so that their implied harmonic weight is not only altered, but is constantly shifting.