Darius Milhaud

Jacob's Dreams, dance suite for oboe, string trio & double-bass, Op. 294

    Description by Sean Hickey

    Commissioned by the champion of modern music in the United States, Elizabeth Coolidge, Les rèves de Jacob was written in 1949 and scored for oboe and four stringed instruments. In its five movements, Milhaud depicts stages in the life of the Old Testament Jacob, from the book of Genesis. The composer indicated that the oboe serves as the divine and it is interesting how he could take an ordinary commission and infuse his ideas with a deeper, religious significance. This work is characterized by the subtle shadings of the strings and the poignant melodic interest of the solo line, with a strong sense of ensemble as opposed to a chamber-concerto sound world.--interesting, but not one of Milhaud's most profound musical utterances.

    Parts/Movements

    1. L'oreiller de Jacob
    2. Premier rêve (l'échelle de Jacob)
    3. Prophétie
    4. Deuxieme rêve (Lutte avec l'ange et Bénédiction)
    5. Israel (Hymne)

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    1993 CPO CPO999 114-2