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IDRS 50 for 50 Commissioning Project: Archive

To celebrate 50 years of the International Double Reed Society, the society created a commissioning project to add 50 new works for double reeds following the 50th Anniversary year. Since IDRS was incorporated in 1971, commissioning has been a significant aspect of the Society’s mission. The goals of the 50 for 50 Commissioning Project is to celebrate IDRS at 50, to promote a spirit of togetherness and artistic enrichment, and to acknowledge that the society has an important and ongoing responsibility to broaden and deepen the diversity of voices in, and repertoire for, the double reed playing community.

Since the beginning of 2021 IDRS has awarded commissioning fees and grants to fourteen composers. In December 2022 the Commissioning Competition will award fees to two composers (please see information on the competition below).

At present the following works form part of the 50 for 50 project (composers names in alphabetical order):

Places We Are From for oboe/bassoon, oboe/saxophone, or saxophone/bassoon and piano (IDRS virtual premiere 2021)

Encuentros for oboe and bassoon (IDRS virtual premiere 2021 and live premiere at IDRS 2022, Boulder)

Pranayam for oboe and piano (IDRS premiere at the 2022 IDRS Conference in Boulder, CO, USA).

La Conquista, trío for oboe, bassoon and piano (IDRS premiere at the 2022 IDRS Conference in Boulder, CO, USA).

Pregunta No.4: Quimera for solo bassoon (IDRS virtual premiere 2021)

Duality for bassoon and violin (IDRS premiere at the 2022 IDRS Conference in Boulder, CO, USA).

Tuxedo – Copper and Ivory Mask for oboe and piano (IDRS virtual premiere 2021 and live premiere at IDRS 2022, Boulder)

Mosaicos for bassoon and piano (IDRS premiere at the 2022 IDRS Conference in Boulder, CO, USA).

Dancing at Daybreak for contrabassoon and piano (IDRS virtual premiere 2021 and live premiere at IDRS 2022)

Kinnah for english horn and piano (IDRS virtual premiere 2021 and live premiere at IDRS 2022)

Perfectly Logical for bassoon and looper pedal (IDRS virtual premiere 2021)

Tiny Bright Big True Real for oboe, bassoon and piano (premiered at the 2022 IDRS Conference in Boulder, CO, USA).

Byzantion I – Hagia Sophia for english horn, bassoon and piano (IDRS premiere at the 2022 IDRS Conference in Boulder, CO, USA).

To Earth for bassoon and piano (IDRS virtual premiere 2021 and live premiere at IDRS 2022, Boulder)