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.


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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