The Texas Lyricism Competition for Oboe and Bassoon aims to foster attention to the aesthetic and expressive qualities of art music among high school oboe and bassoon students. The competition is perhaps among the first of its kind to focus primarily on how beautifully and expressively young artists can play lyrical melodies. Judging criteria will favor beauty of tone, lyricism, individual interpretation, and effective collaboration.
Competition Organizers and Hosts:
Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Professor of Bassoon
Andrew Parker, Assistant Professor of Oboe
Bob Duke, Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning
Grand Prize $2000
Second Prize $1000
Third Prize $500
Honorable Mention Prizes: $200.00 each (up to 3 will be awarded)
Eligibility: Oboe and Bassoon students currently enrolled in high school in the United States, grades 9-12.
For the first round of the competition, performers will submit video recordings through YouTube. Please combine a full run-through of each of the two repertoire selections listed below into one unlisted YouTube video and provide the link in your application. Collaborating with a pianist for the preliminary round video is preferred but not required. Unlisted recordings can be viewed by anyone with a link, but are not searchable. Up to six finalists will be invited to play in recital for the final round in performance halls in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music on the University of Texas campus on May 18, 2019. If finalists do not have access to a pianist or if a pianist is unable to attend the final round recital in Austin, the competition will provide a professional collaborative pianist at no charge.
Video recording uploads of the required repertoire, online application, and $20.00 application fee must be received by March 22, 2019.
Repertoire for oboists—Please submit video recordings of both the following selections for the preliminary round:
- Slow Movement of Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in C Major, k. 314 by W. A. Mozart (with piano reduction)
- Adelaide in Bb major, Op. 46, by Beethoven (play the vocal line).
Repertoire for bassoonists—please submit video recordings of both the following selections for the preliminary round:
- The slow movement of Concerto in Bb for Bassoon and Orchestra, k. 191 by W. A. Mozart
- Adelaide in Bb major, Op. 46, by Beethoven (play the vocal line).
For the Final Round, finalists will perform with piano. The competition will provide a professional pianist and one brief rehearsal. You may also choose to bring a pianist with you. Finalists will perform the two pieces included in the preliminary video, plus your choice of one of the following selections:
- Morceau de Salon, Op. 228. Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda
- Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020. J.S. Bach
- Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A minor, Mvmts. 1 and 3 Ralph Vaughan-Williams
- Sonata for Oboe and Piano. Henri Dutilleux
- Primier Solo, Eugène Bourdeau
- Romance in Eb Major, Julius Weissenborn
- Sicilienne et Allegro Giocoso for Bassoon and Piano, Gabriel Grovlez
- Romanza Appassionata, Carl Maria von Weber
Application procedures and online application form are available at ApplyTCL.
Please send questions to the Texas Lyricism Competition Team Texas Lyricism Competition.
The Competition is supported by funds from the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professorship in Music and Human Learning, the Center for Music Learning, and the Butler School of Music Endowment.
In preparing your recordings...
...we suggest using a professional video recording device such as a Zoom Q3, Q4 or Q8 or a handheld camcorder rather than a phone, tablet or computer to avoid distortion. Depending on the size of your recording space, a minimum of 6 feet between the microphone and your the instruments will likely capture the best sound. Make sure the space is well lit so you are visible in the video. Treat the recording like a performance and dress professionally. Only unedited recordings will be accepted. You should record each movement in a single take. Please combine the two pieces into one file for the youtube upload.
If you've not had experience creating an "unlisted" video on YouTube, there are instructions for doing so here .
We strongly urge contestants to study recordings by master musicians. For Adelaide, study the translations of the lyrics, and strive to convey the sentiment of the poetry in your playing. Notice where the singers breathe, and be sure that your own breaths reflect the flow of the language and musical phrase. Suggested links are below:
Adelaide, Beethoven, Ludwig van:
- Andrew Parker, oboe, and Alan Huckleberry, piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfxo5wxyaVU
- Fritz Wunderlich, lyric tenor, and Hubert Giesen, piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oACZdxbGmqw
- Ann Sofie Von Otter, mezzo soprano and Melvin Tan piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6TUWE1YT-Q
Oboe Concerto mvmt. 2. Mozart, W.A.:
- Nicholas Daniel, oboe, and the BBC Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i8N4n7sj7I
- Bart Schneemann, oboe), and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam:
- Cristina Gomez Godoy, oboe, Orquesta do Festival Campos do Jordao: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6I6nOyJvkc&t=129s
- Diana Doherty, oboe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VsbeskvV2k
Bassoon Concerto in Bb, mvmt 2. Mozart, W.A.:
- John Clouser, bassoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOuSDKcDxpc
- Stefan Schweigert, bassoon and the Berlin Philharmonic (the second movement begins at 7:22): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSomwyZrSCw
Morceau de Salon, Op. 228. Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel:
- Eugene Izotov, oboe and Britton Day, piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6q5q7nDHZU
- Nancy Ambrose King, oboe and Matthew Thompson, Piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AIYRhi9f50
Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020. J.S. Bach:
- Allan Vogel, oboe and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzncC9w_FoI
- Emmanuel Pahud, Flute and Trevor Pinnock, Harpsichord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98EiwZet834
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A minor. Mvmts. 1 and 3. Vaughan-Williams, Ralph:
- Kathryn Needleman, oboe and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wNCXB28fuw&t=1s
- Alex Klein, oboe and The Symphony Orchestra:
Sonata for Oboe and Piano. Dutilleux, Henri.
- Gianfranco Bortolato, oboe and Roberto Arioso, piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM2cNrLaeNQ
- Lee Yuen-Jeong, oboe and Dae Jin Kim, piano
Recit, Sicilienne et Rondo. Grovlez, Gabriel:
- Karen Geoghegan, bassoon
- Christopher Millard, bassoon and Kenneth Broadway, piano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlnhQFMuSq8 And https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDdPIMh1gkg
Romanza Appassionata. Weber, Carl Maria von:
- Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon and Patti Wolf, piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roCqXn2Ncpo
Romance in Eb. Weissenborn, Julius:
- Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon and Colette Valentine, piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKkyV-9xzas
Primier Solo. Bourdeau, Eugène:
- Benjamin Kamins, bassoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYAc5QdwE5Q