This piece dates from a time when I was writing and producing pop & rock while also tinkering with film scoring. 31 Across refers to the frequency at which the word oboe appears in crossword puzzles. Off with Their Heads is based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, its twisting melody evoking the sinister character of The Queen of Hearts and the sly grin of the Cheshire Cat. Ballade d'aujourd'hui (song of today) is exactly that, a lyrical pop-inflected ballad. The final movement, aptly titled Technoboe, takes the player and audience on a virtuosic, pulse-pounding electronic tour-de-force within the energetic frenzy of a dance club on a Saturday night.