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"Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello" was my first attempt at infusing a contemporary classical work with blues essence. Putting the blues on the American serious concert music stage was a primary mission that originally drove me to composition. The performers who recorded this work were each stellar and well-known to serious listeners of classical music. Oboist John Mack was dubbed by the New York Times "the dean of American oboists," harpist Yolanda Kondonassis the elegant winner of countless international awards, debuting at age 18 as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, and cellist Bryan Dumm, a highly respected cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra honored me with both this recording and a special live performance in Cleveland,Ohio. This performance can be found on my CD, "Works of Larry Hoffman / Contemporary American Music.