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Gwyn Pritchard: Capriccio Inquieto
solo oboe 2006
Inquieto, a musical term meaning “restless caprice”, is used here as a title
because it not only describes the form and nature of music but also the
circumstances of its creation.
upon a number of long abandoned sketches, none more than a few bars in length, I
started to entertain myself by exploring ways in which they might all be brought
together to form a single piece of music. To my surprise the first draft, though
very brief and far being a unified musical structure, seemed to suggest several
interesting possibilities to draw its disparate elements into a more extended
and musically meaningful whole, and so my little caprice took on a new
evolving a coherent piece in this ‘improvisatory’ way (as opposed to my
usual practice of planning a work in some detail before setting to work on the
precise material) proved a testing but utterly absorbing experience; and I
worked feverishly (hence ‘inquieto’) completing the piece, to my surprise,
in just a few days.
its composition I had in my mind’s ear the remarkable virtuoso playing of
Christopher Redgate with whom I have worked for more than twenty-five years. My
dedication to him of this little piece was therefore inevitable; a token of my
appreciation of both his extraordinary playing and his congenial nature.