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Walmisley Sonatinas featured in ABRSM oboe syllabuses

January 27, 2014

Two Sonatinas for oboe and piano by Thomas Attwood Walmisley, edited by Christopher for Edition HH, appear in the new oboe examination syllabus of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for 2014 onwards.


screen-shot-2014-01-27-at-10.jpgThe 2nd movement from Sonatina No. 1 in B flat is included on the ABRSM Grade 7 oboe syllabus, while the complete Sonatina No. 2 is an option for Grade 8. Christopher's edition of both works was published by Edition HH in 2011. This coincides with the 200th anniversary of Walmisley's birth (21 January 1814).

Original music for oboe and piano is relatively rare, especially from 19th-century England. These two short Sonatinas by Thomas Walmisley, a composer almost exclusively remembered for his church music, offer an early Romantic view of classical form and exploit both instruments ingeniously and with originality.

The First Sonatina also appears on oboist James Turnbull's CD The English Oboe: Rediscovered, released in February 2013 under the Champs Hill Records label.


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