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 Music Composition Commission Proposal
from Glen Cortese and the Greeley Philharmonic 

The proposal for this project has three main phases, the research phase, the creative phase and the performance phase.

The research phase will include visiting the Library of Congress American Memory Collection, direct contact with traditional Native American musicians and visiting Resource Centers at the University of Colorado and the Smithsonian.

The creative phase will involve the creation of a new oboe concerto and the collaboration between Glen Cortese and oboist Cheryl Wefler in bringing the new concerto to completion. These two phases will take place between now and spring of 2016.

The parameters of the work are as follows:

TITLE: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (“Mystic Places”)



FULL VERSION: Two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, two trombones, harp, percussion, piano and strings

REDUCED VERSION: One flute, one oboe, one clarinet, one bassoon, one horn, one trumpet, one trombone, harp, percussion, piano and strings (smaller string section)

RATIONALE: Adding a major work for oboe and orchestra to the literature would be of great benefit to the canon of solo works for the instrument. The subject matter of the work will help to stimulate awareness of the rich tradition of Native American music and culture in the United States.

DESCRIPTION: The concerto will be a three-section theme and continuous variation format resulting in tone poem style piece based on mystical or mythological places in the Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Northeast using Native American legend and other traditional stories from those regions as inspiration. A major component of the creation of the work will be to research Native American folk music and cultural material from both regions and incorporate that into the thematic materials of the piece. There will be two versions of the work one for medium sized orchestra (for larger ensembles) and one for reduced orchestra (for chamber orchestras).The performance/recording phase will involve the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, which will perform the world premiere in the 2016-17 concert, the Oregon Mozart Players (pending approval) and the Western NY Chamber Orchestra (pending approval). The world premiere will be conducted by Glen Cortese and performed by oboist, Cheryl Denice Wefler.


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