Back in April I believe it was, there was a posting for a composition competition. The stipulation was the competition would begin on June 11 and end two weeks later on June 25. That's all the time you had to compose your piece. You wouldn't know the particulars until Monday morning the 11th. Then you had two weeks to finish. The stipulations were the piece had to be 4-6 minutes long, in at least 2 different dance styles and written for oboe, violin, cello and piano. It also had to be submitted anonymously. Notification would be on June 6.
It was quite the challenge and it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately I did not place in the final top three in my region. Nevertheless, I loved writing the piece. I even had my daughter play the oboe part on her flute here at the retirement facility I work at, and the residents loved it best. It was also the most challenging piece she's played on her flute in years. I have to say one more thing. I had help along the way. Both my daughter and Randy Bowser helped critique this piece before I submitted it, making several helpful suggestions. I really appreciated both of their inputs.
This music is dedicated to Aaron Copland, who's ballets so inspired me. Enjoy!