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The Mechanical Turk

for solo oboe

By Kenneth Hesketh

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Oboe
For solo oboe. Composed by Kenneth Hesketh. This edition: ED 13220. 12 pages. Schott Music #ED 13220. Published by Schott Music (SD.49044074).

Item Number: SD.49044074

Stimulated by my love of automata, this work for solo oboe takes its name from the invention of Wolfgang von Kempelen, who in the late eighteenth century constructed an extraordinary mechanical man powered by clockwork, dressed in a stylish Turkish costume and capable of playing chess. The chess player turned out to be a fraud but sparked many other thinkers and inventors to pondering what the possibilities of automation might be. In Hesketh's highly virtuosic work, the through-composed melody is subjected to a series of distortions by pulleys, cams, gears and cranks. There are also the onomatopoeic effects of winding up and whirring noises that add to the air of the mechanical.

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