This is an attractive, serviceable concerto by a composer who is a master craftsman of the form. It has virtually nothing to do with any of the modern trends in twentieth century music aside from a clarity of form and line that might originate in neo-Classicism. Otherwise, it could just as easily have been written in the nineteenth century. Vazgen Muradian (born in 1921 in Ashtarak, Armenia) left the Soviet Union to study in Italy in 1948 and then moved to the United States in 1950. He made a living as an orchestral viola player and teacher. In the meantime, he produced a huge output of concertos, around 70 of them involving three-dozen different solo instruments, several of which appear to have had no other concerto previously written for them . The concerto is in the standard three movements and lasts 24 minutes. The opening movement is in a sonata-allegro form with slow introduction, Adagio Improviso; Allegro. As the title says, the opening section creates the impression of an improvisation. The middle movement, Romanza, is a lyrical, warm song and the Finale is in a generalized folk dance rhythm. Unexpectedly, there is no particular Armenian flavor in this music, despite Muradian's origin in that country and the importance of the oboe in folk and national music traditions of the region.
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Description by Joseph Stevenson
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