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The most substantial (and, interestingly, the oldest) piece is that of Edwin Roxburgh, At the Still Point of the Turning World for oboe and delay system, a work dating from 1979. Roxburgh has much to offer, and not only a vivid imagination. He was principal oboe of Sadlers Wells Opera and has directed contemporary music ensembles for many years, developing many new techniques for oboe players. The sound in this piece is fed through a six delay system with ranges from 4.2 to 60 seconds, producing many fascinating results [listen -- track 4, 3:06-4:10].

David Sutton-Anderson's New Ground is a series of linked variations on a keyboard piece of the same name by Purcell, and dedicated to Edwin Roxburgh and the pianist Sally Mays who gave its first performance in 1992. After the Purcell piece, with which it begins, both instruments begin to entwine themselves beautifully around Purcell [listen -- track 2, 1:09-2:26].

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Copyright © 12 April 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


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