ComposerJane Wells
Difficultymoderate to advanced
Formatplaying score
PublisherOccasional Music
Instrumentsoboe
Printed sheet music
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Picture of Sheet music  by Jane Wells. This attractive set of miniature pieces in a contemporary idiom was first played by oboist, Melinda Maxwell, for the soundtrack of a short film, “The Storyteller”.  It was broadcast on Anglia TV in 1993.

Composer, Jane Wells, has a catalogue of around fifty compositions. They range from half evening music-theatre, choral and orchestral pieces to short instrumental solos and duos and songs for choirs that are eminently programmable concert pieces. Or some of the latter may simply be just good to work on and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Her first pieces date from the mid-1970s when she also wrote music extensively in collaboration with choreographers for performance with dance.

Jane writes in an approachable contemporary classical idiom but - be warned - she particularly enjoys including dancey asymmetrical and cross rhythms! Many of such passages are really fun to play as long as 5/8s and 7/8s are in your comfort zone.

The Five Storyteller Studies live up to their 'study' title as tiny essays requiring expressive tone colour and adept technique, but all maneagable to good effect on account of their brevity. The pieces make ideal teaching studies, a concert moment or even an encore piece.

Jane directs two singing groups, both of around 40 voices. She has composed several eminently practical short two or three part songs for these forces where the men - often hugely outnumbered - can double the lower part at an 8ve from the women and the higher womens' voices are never quite required to manage a full soprano range!

Read more about this composer on www.janewellsoccasionalmusic.co.uk

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