Check out the many commissions for Oboe and Saxophone commissioned by the “Three Reeds Duo”

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Signals Cross by Kyle Blaha

Kyle Blaha currently serves as the professor of Ear Training and Theory at The Juilliard School. This work is the title track to our first album, and also one of the four works commissioned in 2011 as part of the NSULA Creative & Performing Arts Derby Professorship.

The name comes from a lyric in an Indigo Girls song that holds special meaning to me and the composer. The work is composed for English Horn and alto saxophone (with EH switching to Oboe on mvmt 3) and is approximately 10 minutes in length. The 3 movements explore the timbral palettes of each instrument, both together and as soloists. To play this work, contact Dr. Blaha (kyleblaha@Gmail.com) or send us a message! 


Double Cadenza by Gregory Wannamaker

Wanamaker is currently Professor of Composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he has served since 1997. Double Cadenza was commissioned in 2011 as part of the NSULA Creative & Performing Arts Derby Professorship. The work is for Oboe & Tenor Saxophone and “highlights the timbres and techniques unique to the oboe and tenor saxophone as individuals while combining the two distinctly different instruments as a single, unified color.”

The work is one movement, about 8.5 minutes long, and explores the extreme dynamics ranges and timbres of both instruments (including multiphonics)! To hear the whole piece, check out the piece on our album “signals cross.” To play this piece contact Gregory Wanamaker, Composer (www.gregorywanamaker.com) for the score.

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Pastorale by Marcus Maroney

Marcus Karl Maroney is the Associate professor of Music at the University of Houston. Pastorale was also commissioned in 2011 as part of the NSU Derby Professorship. It was composed for Oboe & Alto Saxophone and evokes the pastoral feelings often associated with the oboe. The work is one movement, about 4 minutes long, and creates a unique relationship between the oboe and saxophone (whereas the sax is sometimes the oboe’s shadow, but also has it’s own moments of glory!)

To listen, check out the piece on our album “signals cross.” To play this piece contact Marcus Karl Maroney (www.mkmaroney.com) for the score.


The Journey by Richard Rose

Richard Rose is the retired professor of cello and composition at Northwestern State University. This work was one of the four works commissioned in 2011 as part of the NSULA Creative & Performing Arts Derby Professorship. The work is composed for oboe and alto saxophone (with sax switching to soprano on “Love Song”) and is approximately 8 minutes in length. The four short movements follow the life of two people who meet, fall in love and live a life together, and showcase the many emotions evoked in music and life.

The work is available to listen to on our debut album, signals cross. To play this work, contact Mr. Rose (r_rose@bellsouth.net) or send us a message!

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Three Reed Suite by Thomas Hundemer

Thomas Hundemer has served as principal horn of the Shreveport Symphony since 1983 and serves on the faculty at Centenary College. Three Reed Suite was one of the four works commissioned in 2011 as part of the NSULA Creative & Performing Arts Derby Professorship. The work is composed for oboe/EH and alto/tenor saxophone (with different pairings in different movements). The piece has 5 movements and is approximately 15 minutes in length. The music is lyrical, humorous, virtuosic, and explores the timbral possibilities between the various combinations of instruments.

The work is available to listen to on our debut album, signals cross. To play this work, contact Mr. Hundemer (tomhundemer@yahoo.com) or send us a message!


Duo Displasia by Alyssa Morris

Alyssa Morris currently serves as Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at Kansas State University. This work was commissioned in 2016 by the Three Reeds Duo and NSULA Creative & Performing Arts. It is composed for Oboe & Alto Saxophone in four movements (11 minutes total length). Duo Displasia is a “displaced Fantasia.” Within the framework of a baroque dance suite, the piece fuses baroque and jazz idioms, creating a musical conversation between two instruments with very different histories.

The work was premiered at the 2017 IDRS Conference in Appleton, WI. To listen, stay tuned for our recording to be released in Fall 2019 on the Blue Griffin label! To play this piece contact Alyssa Morris (www.alyssamorrismusic.com)

Sound bite coming soon!

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Little Rivers by Peter Lieuwen

Peter Lieuwen is currently Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Texas A&M University, where he has been on faculty since 1988. Little Rivers was commissioned by Three Reeds in 2018 and was premiered internationally at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. Little Rivers is a sonic image of the visual and auditory intricacies of mountain rivulets, from the first snow melt in spring to their gradual evolution into small streams with their tranquil pools, glides, rapids and water falls as they gradually morph into larger rivers. Rhythmically, the piece is upbeat, positive and luminous.

The work is one movement, about 8 minutes long, and will be available to hear on our album “Metamorphosis” (to be released in September). To play this piece contact Peter Lieuwen, Composer (www.peterlieuwen.com) for the score.

Sound bite coming soon!