Hold Fast Your Dreams

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Eric Ewazen

Eric Ewazen

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Subtitle: Oboe Concerto No. 2

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 24:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $56.99


1. Andante con moto
2. Allegro energico - 6:15
3. Andante espressivo


Full Score
Solo Oboe
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Hold Fast Your Dreams (Oboe Concerto No. 2) was written for Linda Strommen, a cherished colleague, for whom I also wrote my first oboe concerto, Down a River of Time. My second oboe concerto is dedicated to Ellen Strommen, Linda's mother, who was the inspiration for this piece. Her loving spirit, delightful sense of humor, and her wisdom, allowed me to present a musical portrait of this dear person.

The music is often lyrical and singing, but the tribulations of life also appear in each of the moments, only to lead once again to feelings of love and contentment and peace. Hold Fast Your Dreams is the name of a powerful poem by Louise Driscoll which was also an inspiration for this work.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor; Dan Ellis, oboe) – 17 January 2020
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor; Noah Brenneman, oboe) – 26 April 2018
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor; William Sprinkle, oboe) – 28 April 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer