GORDON JACOB
CD: English Oboe Concertos

Concerto No.1 for Oboe
For oboe and string orchestra

DATE WRITTEN  1933 for oboe and string quartet
FIRST PERFORMANCE  Oboe and string quartet version:
February 1934, Evelyn Rothwell
Oboe and string orchestra version:
28 February 1935, Queen's Hall, London
Leon Goossens with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Thomas Beecham

COMMENTS BY EVELYN ROTHWELL
I used to go over to Ewell (where Jacob then lived) very often, to try over parts of the work, and he used to ask me all sorts of questions as to why a certain passage was difficult (or not) and he often rewrote his first sketches. One of the things I most admired about him was his eagerness to learn about instruments and their likes and dislikes. For a man of his skill and eminence as a composer, this was such a basically modest and endearing quality.
To return to the 1st oboe concerto: I used to take parts of it to my lessons with Leon Goossens, who immediately realised what an excellent addition to the oboe repertoire this concerto would be.

CD AVAILABLE FROM
Ruth Bolister (oboist) and Simon Morgan: click here to read the CD insert
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SHEET MUSIC/SCORE AVAILABLE FROM
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