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Melinda Maxwell


An Instrumental Unlocking with Performer as Innovator: the oboe as protagonist in rethinking the relationships between performance, improvisation and composition

The oboe can be perceived as belonging solely to a stereotypical orchestral sound and is therefore limited in its representation.  Yet the instrument has a long history that stems from ancient Greece, Arabia and India. Drawing on this history, there are links to be made between non-western and western cultural performance practices that include modes and scales, tuning systems, folk music practices (with shawms and bagpipes), and extended techniques of today.

This research aims to invent a music that is predominantly oboe-led, that seeks to fuse and transcend instrumental cultural styles, directed by a performer-improviser-composer.



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