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Ducky Duos (1980) [3:53]
pattern music style

Two of any instrument

Publisher:
Soundlib Press

Recording:
McCarty: DUOS

The basic idea behind these miniatures is the growth from utter simplicity to technical complexity. We begin with "baby steps" and end with "giant steps."

Program Note:
_DUCKY DUOS_ (1980) [4:03] was composed to commemorate an interesting series of events. My daughter, Denise, had been a good violinist, but she hated to practice. While a nursing student at my university, she managed to take a few music courses. Her favorite professor (of a music theory course) just happened to be the oboe teacher as well. So, she decided to study the oboe. I was shocked because she never practiced fiddle that hard. After only one semester she was good enough to play second oboe in the concert band! Since the first oboe just happened to be one of my composition students, Marian Wilson, this little piece was a present for them. The duos were conceived for any single instrument playing with itself. Performed here by oboe they could just as easily be done by tuba, violin, or whatever - well, probably not by snare drum. The basic idea behind these miniatures is the growth from utter simplicity to technical complexity. We begin with "baby steps" and end with "giant steps." All the pitch materials relate to very simple intervals.

10. _Theme_ [1:03] is a piece about two notes and therefore, one melodic interval. In this baby-music it's just a minor third, that's all.

11. _Rumba Lirico_ [1:38] is a piece about two intervals, first the minor third and then the major third. In this adolescent-music a few fourths and fifths are also heard.

12. _Leggero_ [1:12] is a piece about three intervals, the minor third, the major third, and then the perfect fourth. Yes, together they form an octave-coupled triad, but this adult-music is hardly tonal.