Ethan Hayden | composer, performer, author
Ethan Hayden | composer, performer, researcher
Hayden Sketch 01
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Hayden Sketch 05
score (available soon)
performed by Megan Kyle
October 2017
solo oboe
Fall 2017
ca. 8'
5 October 2017
Megan Kyle, oboe
Baird Recital Hall
Buffalo, NY
Program Note:
Violetear was composed in the Fall of 2017 in close collaboration with oboist Megan Kyle, to whom it is dedicated with great appreciation for her insights, enthusiasm, and artistry.

The piece focuses intensely on doubles, reflections, and doppelgängers—specifically, via quick alternation between two parallel narratives which move in and out of collision with one another. The oboist splits herself in two, like Janus, while weaving a singular thread through a tangle of repetitions and reversals, emphasizing the oboe's pneumatic mechanicity and elastic unpredictability.