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Cadenzas(2020-2021)

for solo instruments

CADENZAS, 14 virtuoso solo pieces for woodwinds, brass and strings, is Obe's first album. In cooperation with his selected soloists, he explores the extreme boundaries of each instrument and that of their performers. “I believe that any ambitious player will enjoy taking on the challenge I am offering in these pieces.” He says. The concept behind the 14 solo pieces’ is to go beyond the usual style of playing. The composer entered into an in-depth study of both the traditional and extended techniques of his selected instruments. The result is a complex but musically consistent whole that is much more than just an inventory of effects. These cadenzas, for that’s what in essence they are, breathe a certain degree of abstraction. However, each soloist is given the necessary musical content to allow them to revel in its theatricality while creating their own unique performance space. All this is made possible because Obe Vermeulen was inspired to develop them from the typical internal dialogue between these instruments within their usual orchestral setting and then elaborate them further into works of art in their own right.

Recording

Score

Instrumentation | Extra Information

Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo                           

Cor Anglais

Bass Clarinet

Bassoon

Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Euphonium

Violin

Viola

Cello

Contrabass


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Duration: ca. 105'

'Cadenzas' were recorded on 1-3 April 2021 in GC De Wiek in Zele
This project was supported by Gent, Cultuur Gent, Minor Scale Music, GC De Wiek & Luc Lootens Pro Audio & Light

Inge Smedts

Pieter Jaspers

Aaron Van de Winckel

Pieter Nuyten

Anthony Devriendt

Ward Dierick

Cedric van Hof

Kevin Van Giel

Stefaan De Rycke

Marc Tooten

Stijn Saveniers

Sanne Deprettere

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