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The Mechanical Turk

The Mechanical Turk

for solo oboe


  • Instrumentation: Oboe
  • Edition: sheet music
  • Series: Edition Schott
  • Order No.: ED 13220
£9.99
Weight: 0.18 kg
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Description

Stimulated by my love of automata, this work for solo oboe takes its name from the invention of Wolfgang von Kempelen, who in the late eighteenth century constructed an extraordinary mechanical man powered by clockwork, dressed in a stylish Turkish costume and capable of playing chess. The chess player turned out to be a fraud but sparked many other thinkers and inventors to pondering what the possibilities of automation might be.
In Hesketh’s highly virtuosic work, the through-composed melody is subjected to a series of distortions by pulleys, cams, gears and cranks. There are also the onomatopoeic effects of winding up and whirring noises that add to the air of the mechanical.

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Dr Margitta Giera
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2201-3458-6
Performance duration: 8' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Edition Schott
UPC: 841886021976
Uraufführung : 15. September 2003 Cortona (I) · Hansjörg Schellenberger, oboe
Year of composition: 2002
page number: 12
performances
2013-08-31 | Northumberland (United Kingdom), Healey Church — 19:30 | Performance
2013-07-19 | London (United Kingdom), St Andrew by the Wardrobe, St Andrew's Hill and Queen Victoria Street | Performance
2012-06-19 | Harwich (United Kingdom), Ship | Performance
2007-12-20 | London (United Kingdom), The Warehouse, Waterloo — 19.00 h | Performance
2003-09-15 | Cortona (Italy) | World Premiere

Stimulated by my love of automata, this work for solo oboe takes its name from the invention of Wolfgang von Kempelen, who in the late eighteenth century constructed an extraordinary mechanical man powered by clockwork, dressed in a stylish Turkish costume and capable of playing chess. The chess player turned out to be a fraud but sparked many other thinkers and inventors to pondering what the possibilities of automation might be.
In Hesketh’s highly virtuosic work, the through-composed melody is subjected to a series of distortions by pulleys, cams, gears and cranks. There are also the onomatopoeic effects of winding up and whirring noises that add to the air of the mechanical.

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Dr Margitta Giera
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2201-3458-6
Performance duration: 8' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Series: Edition Schott
UPC: 841886021976
Uraufführung : 15. September 2003 Cortona (I) · Hansjörg Schellenberger, oboe
Year of composition: 2002
page number: 12
2013-08-31 | Northumberland (United Kingdom), Healey Church — 19:30 | Performance
2013-07-19 | London (United Kingdom), St Andrew by the Wardrobe, St Andrew's Hill and Queen Victoria Street | Performance
2012-06-19 | Harwich (United Kingdom), Ship | Performance
2007-12-20 | London (United Kingdom), The Warehouse, Waterloo — 19.00 h | Performance
2003-09-15 | Cortona (Italy) | World Premiere