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Libby Van Cleve

Guilford, CT   

Described as “expert” by the Washington Post, “dazzling” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and “absolutely exquisite” by Paris Transatlantic, oboist Libby Van Cleve’s most extreme epithet was from the Hartford Courant which dubbed her “the double reed queen of the new music world.” She wrote Oboe Unbound, and co-wrote Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington.  She is the oboe teacher at Connecticut College and Wesleyan University, and Director of Yale’s Oral History of American Music.

 

Jo Ha Kyu by Eleanor Hovda

Me and my evil twin play Jo Ha Kyu by Eleanor Hovda

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Prelude to Bach’s Suite #2 for cello, edited for oboe and performed by Libby Van Cleve

I’ve been just about as obsessed by Bach as by contemporary music. One of my projects has been to create oboe performance versions of Bach’s cello suites. Some movements work surprisingly well. This profound prelude always feels a bit like playing a Mahler symphony.

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Headlines July 30 2019 | By Libby Van Cleve
A Few Things You Might Not Know About Vivian Perlis (1928-2019)

Most NewMusicBox readers probably already know that Vivian Perlis founded Yale’s Oral History of American Music (OHAM) and was the co-author of Aaron Copland's biography as well as an award-winning...