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Western Serenade

By Daniel Baldwin

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Oboe, clarinet, piano - Level 4
Composed by Daniel Baldwin. Score and parts. Published by Imagine Music (IG.CMW071).

Item Number: IG.CMW071

By Daniel Baldwin. Western Serenade is a project that percolated for a few years. I started this piece with the intention of sending it to a composition competition as a student. I wrote the first 29 measures and left it to do another project; meanwhile the sketch sat in a pile. A few years until I met Karl Wentzel, who requested a piece for the same instrumentation to perform both for himself and his students. Upon getting this request, I dug out that sketch and wrote the rest of the piece behind it. I think it is a wonderful representation of where I started as a student and shows my progression as I've gotten better at my craft. It begins with a soothing melody tossed back and forth between the soloists. After this the piece alternates between pastoral and dramatic moods and closes with an exciting and surprising presto coda.

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