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WALTER ROSS

AUTUMN PASTORALE
Oboe d'amore (Cor anglais) & Piano

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Walter Ross
(1936-)
Walter Ross was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, in 1936. He began to study the
French horn at the age of twelve and, by seventeen, was performing professionally with
the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.
Although spending four years at the University of Nebraska studying mechanical
engineering and astronomy, he continued playing with the orchestra. Ross decided to
return to university to study music. After his masters degree, he went on to Cornell
University for his doctorate. There, he was awarded an Organization of American
States Fellowship to study composition privately under Alberto Ginastera at the
Instituto Torcuato de Tella (Buenos Aires). He has been the recipient of significant
grants and fellowships, numerous awards and prizes.
Ross began teaching composition and theory in the Music Department at the
University of Virginia in 1967. He established the Charlottesville University and
Community Orchestra, which he conducted for two years. Later, he formed a Baroque
trio sonata ensemble in which he played flute and recorder.
During his tenure at the University of Virginia he served as Chairman of the
Department of Music and was awarded a University Outstanding Teaching Award. He
participated in regional, national, and international juries of composition and
performance.
Walter Ross has composed over 150 works, which have been widely performed in over
forty countries. Many of his compositions have been published, recorded and
broadcast. He is, perhaps, best known for his compositions featuring brass and
woodwinds. The influences of his own extensive performance background and diverse
musical training (with composers who stressed bright orchestration and rhythmic
excitement) can be detected in many of his works. Many of his recent pieces are
representative of his current interest in neo-modal, pan-diatonic composition.
He has been a visiting composer at the Aspen Music Festival, a featured composer at
several universities and forums, and a board member of the Capital Composers
Alliance.
In 1997 he wrote a cantata featuring the poetry of Rita Dove, the American Poet
Laureate. Recent choral works include Lux Aeterna to honour the victims of 9/11,
which has been performed upon a number of occasions.
Retired from full time teaching, Walter Ross currently performs on double bass in the
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra. In addition to composing, he continues his interest
in chess (in 1969 he won a trophy in the U.S. Open Chess Tournament), astronomy,
and the History of Science.

Autumn Pastorale
Oboe d'amore (Cor anglais) & Piano

SI 012
The beauty of Virginias Blue Ridge Mountains inspired this one-movement work,
which was written for and dedicated to Jennifer Paull in 1998.
The eastern range of the Appalachians extends southwards from Pennsylvania to
northern Georgia. From a distance they appear blue, the derivation of their name.
The Blue Ridge Mountain Range was a natural barrier to the pioneers' progress
towards the west. There are a multitude of natural gaps cross the ridge, however. That
at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was an important railroad traverse. Most of the
people of the Blue Ridge still live on small farms in sheltered and secluded valleys.
These mountains are near to my home and I wished to express the wonderful colours
and soft air of autumn through the warm tone of the oboe d'amore. I chose the cor
anglais as an alternative instrument, the timbre of which is also well suited to these
autumnal hues.

Walter Ross
1998

Works by Walter Ross published by Amoris International


Portraits from La Commedia dellArte
I Punchinellos Scherzino
II Trio di fantasia

SI 016
CM 004

Concerto for Oboe d'amore - Keyboard Reduction

SI 022

Old Joe Clarks Musical Offering

CM 006

Variations on Auprs de ma blonde

EN 004

Concerto for Oboe d'amore & String Orchestra

OR 004

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for Jennifer Paull

AUTUMN PASTORALE

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AUTUMN PASTORALE

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