Urban Arboretum for Solo Oboe
Format: Digital download
Urban Arboretum was written for Online Summer Composition Workshop with Jenni Brandon in July 2020 with oboist Lindabeth Binkley as the resident artist.
Duration: 5 minutes
Timbre trill is achieved by alternating different fingerings at the same pitch.
All other trills start from the lower note. The upper note is semitone higher from the bottom note with no accidentals, unless specified in the score with a sharp, flat, or natural sign above the trill mark.
Trill speed starts slowly and gradually get faster towards the end of the note.
Kew Gardens in Queens, New York, is where the composer settles, which offers a delicate balance between the city and nature. Each piece portrays the impression of the specific trees in the park, which the composer grew over time getting acquainted with them.
Solitary Yew stands alone in the park, planted by the park planner not too long ago. The evergreen tree looks like it does not belong there but still maintaining a straight, symmetrical posture. Later in the summer, its seed cones develop into a berry-like red structure.
Twin Japanese Maples welcomes the composer every time he comes home. In spring, it grows beautiful bright-green leaves, with 5 or 7 pointed lobes. From autumn to winter, its leaves grow into burning red color for a while, then fall.
Triangular Oaks are probably the oldest of the park. Three oak's layout creates vast shadow areas on the lawn where kids play with balls, kicking or throwing it back and forth.