Exhortation II (1996)
for oboe solo, 14 minutes
Instrumentation: oboe solo
Publication: Jeanne Publications, Minneapolis, MN
Recording: Nancy Ambrose King, for Exhortations, Athena Records (1998)
Performer: Nancy Ambrose King, oboe
Exhortation II, for oboe solo, is a set of variations. However, the "variations" are more accurately regarded as small character pieces which explore different facets of the oboe itself. One variation, for example, exploits the often humorous contrast between the instrument's highest and lowest register; another explores the oboe's distinctive lyrical qualities. No overt thematic connection exists among the four variations, and so the piece may be thought of as a small one-movement suite for the oboe.
--Andrew Earle Simpson