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Emily Doolittle falling still (2001 revised 2009) 6'
Ob Vn Va Vc (or Str)
Commissioned by: Canada Council for the Arts for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Notes: Originally written for strings; later adapted for oboe and strings.
Like many of my pieces, falling still is inspired by sounds from the natural world, though this might not be apparent on first listening. I wrote falling still after hearing a European blackbird singing against the gentle background sound of early morning rain. I was fascinated by how both sounds were beautiful, and the combination even more so, even though the bird is a living being, making choices about which sounds it produces, while the rain sound is the result of an inanimate process. Falling still explores the contrast between the warm, changing, 'living' oboe melody and the beautiful but unchanging 16-chord progression in the strings. Falling still was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and later adapted for oboe and strings for oboist Ashley Barret.