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Song for Maya

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Vince Oliver

Vince Oliver

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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: World Projects
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Solo Oboe
Solo B-flat Soprano Saxophone (optional)
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Crotales
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Song for Maya for commissioned by Ramiro Barrera for his daughter, accomplished oboist Maya Barrera. Loosely written in song form, the piece is ultimately intended to be the middle movement of a larger work for oboe and wind band, though it works well as a standalone lyrical showpiece for any advanced oboe player.

As a composer, I'm often inspired by non-linear melodic lines - melodic lines that contain unique interval leaps - and I'm also drawn to expanding and contracting textures within the tutti ensemble which I try to create through density of harmonies and orchestration. The inherent challenge within the oboe solo is hearing the non-linear lines.

The intervallic leaps are tricky at times, and if the integrity of the intervals aren't preserved the harmonic motion can become unclear for the listener. Similar - or perhaps in some ways dissimilarly -- the inherent challenge with the band music is hearing the close interval relationships within their harmonic textures (seconds and thirds), and keeping these relationships in tune as they shift, or as they get louder and softer. Once these piece is tonally in the performers' ears, the combination of these two elements lends itself to a clean complement between the soloist and accompaniment, and should provide a nice balance between harmonic sophistication and musical accessibility.

The piece was premiered in 2012 and then went on to be performed at the Kennedy Center in 2014.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Hardin Valley Wind Ensemble (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Alex Rector, conductor; Matthew Barrett, Oboe) - 17 November 2022
  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Ramiro Barrera, conductor; Kevin Stewart, soprano saxophone) – 8 December 2016
  • Murrieta Valley High School (Murrieta, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (Ramiro Barrera, conductor; Maya Barrera, oboe) - 19 February 2015 (2015 CMEC Conference, Fresno)

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