Six Pieces for Woodwind Quintet
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.
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?
First performance: Popper Theater in Schoenberg Hall on the campus of University of California Los Angeles