Six Pieces for Woodwind Quintet
Six Pieces for Woodwind Quintet:
Six 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
Although there is no discernible melody, 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
Takes its title from a line in Genesis (the band, not the book)
6. Leaning Down
A hoedown in classical pajamas
First performance: Popper Theater in Schoenberg Hall on the campus of University of California Los Angeles