Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello
"Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello" was my first attempt at infusing blues essence into a contemporary classical work. This mission to put blues on the serious concert music stage was a primary force leading me to composition; I was hoping that this "experiment" would be successful.
The performers who first championed this work are well-known to serious listeners and players of classical music. Oboist John Mack was dubbed "the dean of American oboists" by the New York Times. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, who debuted at 18 as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, has won countless international awards; and cellist Bryan Dumm remains a highly respected cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. They honored me with both this recording and a special live performance in Cleveland, Ohio. Their performance can be found on my CD "Works of Larry Hoffman / Contemporary American Music.
Among the other subsequent performances of this work, were those presented in Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA; the Breckenridge Music Festival; and the Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival.