Titus Underwood, oboe
1. MACEO PARKER (Pan)
2. BUDDY HOLLY (Phaeton)
3. JONI MITCHELL (Niobe)
4. JIM MORRISON (Bacchus)
5. PRINCE (Narcissus)
6. ARETHA FRANKIN (Arethusa)
Publisher: Michael Daugherty Music
Bang on a Can Marathon, April 18, 2021 | Commissioned by Bang on a Can
Six Riffs after Ovid (2021) for solo oboe was commissioned by Bang on a Can, and premiered on a Bang on a Can Marathon on April 18, 2021 by oboist Titus Underwood.
My composition is inspired by The Metamorphoses, written by the Roman poet Ovid in 8 AD. Like Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe, composed in 1951 by the English composer Benjamin Britten, I have selected six characters from Ovid’s epic poem:
Pan, who played on a reed pipe; Phaeton, who rode the chariot of the sun and was struck down by a thunderbolt; Niobe, who lamented the death of her children and was turned into a mountain; Bacchus, who revelled at drunken feasts; Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and turned into a flower; and Arethusa, who was turned into a fountain.
Transforming these characters from classical mythology into icons from American mythology, the six movements of my composition are musical metamorphoses with a modern twist:
~Program note by Michael Daugherty