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Composer:Maxwell, Melinda (b.1953)
Instrumentation:ob. 2ob/pft.
Publisher Ref:E702
A plaintive and heartfelt tribute to the late Sidney Sutcliffe, former Principal Oboe of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and professor at the Royal College of Music, where Melinda Maxwell studied with him. First performed at his memorial concert in 2001 at St John's Smith Square, London.

Price: £6.25
Skill Level:E
Publisher:Emerson Edition Ltd
Year of Issue:2016
ISBN:none specified
Melinda Maxwell writes:
"Sidney refers to Sidney Sutcliffe, the British oboist who was principal oboe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (from 1945), the Philharmonia (from 1949), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (from 1964). He taught at the Royal College of Music from 1961, and I studied there with him in 1976. He died in 2001. I was very saddened at not being able to attend or perform at his memorial concert, and it was suggested I could give my tribute by composing a piece for him, which I duly did. Song for Sidney was first performed by students of the RCM at St. John''s Smith Square London in October 2001.
The song consists of notes taken from his name. S in German spells Eb, and this note becomes pivotal in the melodic line. Two variations elaborate the melody after which the initial song re-emerges, slightly changed. The two drone or echo oboes sustain a note each from the melody to create a harmonic backdrop, or landscape, for the song as it journeys to its resting place

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