Oelbrandt, Kris

Kris Oelbrandt was born in Sint-Gillis-Waas, Belgium, on November 13, 1972. He studied violin, viola, and piano before focusing on music theory with professors Willem Kersters and Wim Henderickx at ...

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Three Miniatures : for piano / Kris Oelbrandt

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Piano
Scoring: pf

Drie stukken voor engelse hoorn : = Tre pezzi per corno inglese, 1979 / Joop Voorn

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Oboe
Scoring: eh/ob

Quintetto I : for oboe quintet, 1994 / Jos van Amelsvoort

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Oboe
Scoring: 2ob ob-am eh heck/eh

Music for oboe / Ton de Leeuw

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Oboe
Scoring: ob



Micrologica 10-12 (It's Pointless!) : for oboe / Kris Oelbrandt

Publisher's number: 23085
Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Oboe
Scoring: ob
Remarks: Ppus 66. Commissioned by the Dominicanenklooster Zwolle Foundation.
Duration: 5'00"
Number of players: 1
Year of composition: 2023
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

A solo oboe whose sounds float intangibly, elusively in thin air. When the Dominican Church Zwolle commissioned me to compose this piece, I thought immediately of Ecclesiastes 1:2: "All is vain and pointless." And yet that is exactly what makes life so beautiful: we have no control over it. That's good. Once we accept this fact, we feel the core of our existence anew. It is the paradox of our life: everything is indeed intangible, and it is precisely in this intangibility that we find the anchor point, the core of our life. That is why these oboe pieces are very consistently composed around a fixed point: every musical cell either departs from this point, or returns to it. That fixed point gives space and direction for the oboe to float seemingly elusively in space.
These pieces are part of my Micrologica cycle. A "Micrologica" is a miniature in which a logical music-theoretic principle is implemented very tightly and consistently. It is an exercise in compositional asceticism, for no creative digression is allowed. Precisely this asceticism proves to be formative and fruitful for my composing technique. It is precisely through this exercise in
compositional abstinence that I find new freedoms.
Kris Oelbrandt

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