CUBE Contemporary Music Ensemble

Wildlife (2005)
Oboe, Piano, and Percussion

Robert Morris

Program Notes

Wildlife for oboe, piano, and percussion was commission by the CUBE Contemporary Music Ensemble in 2005. Its form was suggested by the ensemble's name and is based on a scheme that involves tracing a path on the edges of a hypercube (a 4-D Cube). The nature of the music is not cerebral or abstract however, but energetic and passionate--even hyper--involving timbral interplay among the three instruments and including some extended techniques in the oboe part. The work is in sixteen large not-so-distinct sections, the ninth of which, in the middle of the piece, is sparse and dominated by un-pitched percussion sounds.

from point to hypercube

wildlife array