Three movement duet for oboe and bassoon. I. Acrobats (2’45) II. Lion Tamer (1’45) III. Clowns (1’50). Dedicated to the memory of Alfred Laubin. Mr. Laubin, was a member of the first professional wind quintet I played in. I remember him as a very thin, quiet and dignified man. He is in no way personified by the music in the work!
Quotes from a review by Daniel Lipori in ‘The Double Reed’, Vol 33/3, p.111.
“. . . you can imagine the acrobats up in the air during their performance.”
“It sounds very cautious, as if the lion tamer does not want to upset the animal.”