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OracleComposed by Roger C. VogelFor unaccompanied alto flutePublished by Brixton PublicationsDuration: ca. 9'15"
Program Notes: Roger C. Vogel was born on July 6, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio and received his Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from the Ohio State University in 1975. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Georgia. Since he joined the faculty in 1976 he has written and published over 70 works. His compositions have won prizes in national contests and have been performed at conventions and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. Oracle was written in 1999 for James Zellers, Instructor of Flute at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Dr. Zellers has performed regularly with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and he has recently become the principal flutist in the Florida Orchestra, Tampa, Florida. In ancient times, an oracle was a priest or priestess through whom it was believed that the gods spoke. It was also the place where these divinely-inspired prophesies of the future were passed down to mortals. The title is a reflection of the serious mood of the work and is intended to represent the intensity and increasing animation that a prophet might have in presenting his/her message. Oracle is cast in two main parts. A slow, dramatic opening passage presents ideas which are developed and lead into the faster concluding section.