Manitowabing by Jose Serebrier (b. 1938)
Scored for flute and oboe
Includes score only (2 scores are provided)
I. Raindrops (flute, oboe)
II. Cloud (flute)
The ravishingly beautiful land in the center of Ontario, Canada captivated my imagination on first sight. Here along the banks of the Manitou-Wabing River, my friends Ben and Sheila Wise had constructed a most elaborate yet informal sports complex. Provided with both calm solitude and much physical activity, and grateful for the free time away from conducting, I completed several compositions, of which Manitowabing was the first. “Manitou” is an Indian word for “place of the Great Spirit”. I have attempted to reflect this spiritual element in the music, as well as the more playful side of my stay there. The work was written at the suggestion of a talented young oboist, Michael Kamen, who has since become an acclaimed composer of film music; he participated in the first performance.