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Aditya Hridayam


 for Oboe, Violin, and Piano

May 14--August 10, 2006
Duration: about 17 minutes 20 seconds              Photo above: Hanuman

for Joseph and Mary Kay Robinson

This was premiered on my Feb. 22, 2011 concert at Duke.

Joseph Robinson, oboe; Mary Kay Robinson, violin; Thomas Warburton, piano 

    video (YouTube)Robinsons

I. One Chord Is Enough    [6:55]       MP3   Score(Finale)

   Moderoboinsono: Raucus: Codadajoe   

II. Aditya hridayam punyam sarv shatru veena


   Glacial                          [7:07]       MP3        Score

III. Twisted Jig

Tierkoerperbeseitigungsgesetz   [6:07]  MP3   Score

   Cover                PDF Entire Score     Parts



On March 31, 2006, there was a concert of five of my eleven sonatas for solo violin at Duke University. Joseph and Mary Kay Robinson were in attendance, and asked me to write something they could play together. After finishing the Govinda Sonata for flute and piano, I was delighted to comply with the request, and this trio is the result. The Robinsons, along with Thomas Warburton, premiered the trio on February 22, 2011 at Duke.

             The Aditya Hridayam is a hymn in Valmiki’s Ramayana associated with the Sun or Surya and was recited by the great sage Agastya to Rama on the battlefield before fighting with Ravana. This historic hymn starts at the beginning of the Battle with Ravana, when Lord Rama is fatigued and getting ready to fight.

            I find the first line of the Aditya Hridayam very useful as a forgiveness mantra. The main theme of the second movement corresponds to this first line.

            The tempo marking for the last movement, “Tierkoerperbeseitigungsgesetz”, is German for “Animal Carcass Removal Law”. Such a lovely language.

Musician Biographies

Joseph Robinson is one of the last oboists in America to study with the legendary Marcel Tabuteau, Joseph Robinson has been one of the outstanding orchestral musicians of his generation, serving as Principal Oboe of the New York Philharmonic for 27 years from June 1978 until September 2005. Known especially for his lyricism and phrasing, he has performed concerti, orchestral, and chamber works in concert halls around the world to international critical acclaim.

Mr. Robinson has had a distinguished teaching career, serving for more than 20 years as head of Oboe Studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where he helped establish the first Master of Orchestral Studies degree in America and from which he received the Presidential Medal for Meritorious Faculty Service in 2005.  He has taught at the University of  North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Maryland, Duke University and at Lynn University's Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.  His many students occupy important positions all over the world.

Today, Mr. Robinson resides in Blaine, Washington with his wife, violinist Mary Kay Robinson. They are parents of three remarkable daughters — executive Katie, doctor Jody and diva Becky.


Mary Kay Robinson, violinist, is a 1968 graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Ivan Galamian. She studied chamber music with Felix Galimir, Donald Weilerstein, Josef Gingold and members of the Guarneri String Quartet. She furthered her education with studies with  Glenn Dicterow, Gregory Fulkerson and Gerald Beal.    Her first job after graduation was as violin instructor at the University of Tennessee, in her hometown of Knoxville, where she filled in for her former teacher, William Starr, who was on sabbatical in Japan. She was a member of the University of Tennessee String Quartet and later held a similar position in the University of Maryland String Quartet.

           She has toured with Solisti New York and spent many summers playing with the OK Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Bellingham Festival of Music. In 2008 she taught at Duke University as well as maintaining a private studio. Also that year, she performed Bill Robinson’s Sonata for Solo Violin #4 at Brevard, NC. She performed on Bill Robinson’s 2012 concert at Duke. Bill has composed two pieces for her to play with her husband oboist Joseph Robinson.

Tom Warburton retired in May of 2005 after 36 years on the musicology faculty at the University of North Carolina.  There he taught a variety of courses, both in music history and music theory; he also received two teaching awards.  He has published on a variety of topics, several in recent years concerning music of the United States during the twentieth century.  For three years he was organist at Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham and for seven years he served as Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church, where he conducted the Adult and Handbell Choirs.