Furies Erinyes (1977)
Oboe, Oboe D'Amore, English Horn
"The Furies" (Erinyes) was composed for Patricia Morehead in 1977. Scored for oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn, Ms. Morehead plays all three instruments "live" and on the prepared tape. "The Furies" takes full advantage of Ms. Morehead's extended woodwind techniques and they develop their own personae. The Furies, the avenging spirits of classical mythology (Mega, Tisiphone and Alecto), personified conscience. Webster's Dictionary also refers to furies as ''a state of inspired exaltation." I think that you will find Ms. Morehead's performance combines the best of both interpretations.
"The Furies" is dedicated to Ms. Morehead.