Six Pieces for Woodwind Quintet

EXCERPTS

These are epigrammatic essays in a very challenging medium.

 

The challenge? How to achieve a full sonority in an ensemble of five disparate instruments.

 

The solution? Careful use of unison and octave doubling to create fullness and resonance.

 

 

1. Jump and Leap

 

Gestural writing; there is no discernible melody. But it tells its curious story convincingly.

 

2. A Strange Meeting


Mozart goes to the movies.

 

3. Persistence

 

Original title: Frustration

 

4. Java Booboo

 

Pentatonic patterns — with a playful taunt at the end.

 

5. Chocolate Fingers

 

This piece takes its title from a line in Genesis’ “Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” album:

 

"It is the scent of garlic that lingers on my chocolate fingers"

 

6. Leaning Down

 

A hoedown in classical pajamas — Mozart in chaps?

 

 

Composed 1983

 

First performance: Popper Theater in Schoenberg Hall on the campus of University of California Los Angeles

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