By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Soprano, Oboe and Bassoon | 7′
Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf
Text by: Robert Frost
Year Composed: 2000
Instrumentation: Soprano, Oboe and Bassoon
Format: Score + Parts
Catalogue Number: OM0108
Reluctance was composed in 2000, for the Syrinx ensemble, Catalina Arrubla, oboe and Camilo Rojas, bassoon. In Robert Frost’s equivocal poem, the final couplet of each stanza brings a change, either in tone or perspective. Likewise, the music is marked at these moments with wide motion in the vocal line, evoking in one case dismay, in another frustration, in a third a searching journey. Interludes precede the stanzas with a suspended counterpoint in the Oboe and Bassoon. When the voice enters it transforms the ensemble into one neither vocal nor instrumental, but evincing properties of each, before establishing a more narrative style and drawing out the poetry’s earnest contention.