Topic: E.Carter'sMusicfor2Obs JustPerformed in Boston J.Montbach,M.Cicconetti

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After Elliott Carter found Joel Hoffman’s (b.1953) solo oboe piece “unintelligible,” the composer noted, he clarified it with commentary from a second oboe part, thus giving birth in 1984 to the brief Music for Two Oboes. In the virtuosic execution of Jennifer Montbach and Mary Cicconetti, the etude’s multiple miniature short-fast episodes enthralled mainly as a catalog of effects and possibilities of the instrument, which, though it cannot play with astonishing speed or over a very wide dynamic range, has an absolute inability to play out of tune.