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I'm as much a pioneer today as I have ever been, and thoroughly enjoy
my work . New music seems to fly through my email and letter box at
least once a week now. I no longer care about being considered marginal.
Had I been conformist, I wouldn't have fought this campaign which, although
very satisfying 36 years on, has not been without loneliness and considerable
personal difficulty. It is easy to be a target for those who do not ever
wish to change their optic and feel duty-bound to criticise or shun another
for having so done.
Acquiring and performing works for oboe d'amore was my initial step.
The second became the desire to do the same thing for all five oboes from
musette to bass. The colours of the oboes together are magical, almost like
a mediaeval pipe organ, and I started instigating works for the oboe family
together in the late eighties.
The next logical progression for me was to try bring this music, which
I had spent a lifetime amassing, to others, so that nobody could ever again
say 'it's got no bloody repertoire'. That is exactly what I have done. I
formed my own publishing company, Amoris (Latin for d'amore), with
this in mind. I delight in editing baroque sonatas and suites as much as
I adore instigating and collecting contemporary compositions.
The oboe d'amore may not have been the easiest or the most comfortable
of specialities for which to opt, but it has certainly been a great adventure
in which I feel privileged to have taken part.
Copyright © 25 January 2001
Jennifer Paull, Iowa, USA
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