I’ll post an update soon. My composition teacher made some suggestions which I think will much improve this piece.
The process: I started out with a written-out six measure improvisation for cello. That melody constitutes the first six measures of the bassoon part. Then, on a long plane ride a few weeks later, I wrote counterpoint to the melody to get the oboe started. As best I recall, I would extend the oboe line for a while, then extend the bassoon line. At some point I decided to have fun with the little bit of imitation in measures 10 and 11.
Performance: the Sibelius robot
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