Down a River of Time

From Wind Repertory Project
Eric Ewazen

Eric Ewazen (trans. James Hile)

General Info

Year: 1999 / 2022
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Oboe and orchestra
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Solo Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (div.)
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet (or B-flat Contrabass Clarinet)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The piece, which is a contemplative journey through life, was composed as an aria with string orchestra. The oboe emulates the voice as it expresses intense emotional and personal feelings, orchestrating the importance of life’s dreams. Since the oboe is the ultimate expressive instrument — like the human voice — it speaks passionately. Furthermore, the great range of tonal colors and articulation available to the oboist have the ability to dramatically transform the feelings explored.

The work captures the cycle of life in a very virtuosic manner. Each of the movement titles, with their progression — “Past Hopes and Dreams … and Sorrows … and Memories of Tomorrow” — present imagery of traveling down the river of life with its ebb and flow. The first movement, “… Past Hopes and Dreams,” is energetic, like the rushing tide of time. It is a young person’s journey — representing activity, relaxation, peace, hard work and excitement. Flourishes of energetic ostinato patterns create a feeling of water imagery in the solo part as well as the accompaniment allowing hints of impressionism to permeate the movement. Undulation between major and minor tonalities give the sense of a full range of emotional experience from a point of retrospect.

- Program Note by composer

Written for Linda Strommen and the American Sinfonietta.

- Program Note from publisher

The present transcription is of only the first movement of the concerto, … Past Hopes and Dreams.

- Program Note by James Hile


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Elmhurst (Ill.) University Wind Ensemble (James Hile, conductor; Julie Popplewell, oboe) - 16 October 2022

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