Woodwind Quintet


Bb major

Date of Completion:
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn, Bassoon
Jul 13, 2017
Written in the Classical style, in four movements

This is the second piece I've written in the Classical style, the Piano Trio being the first. I got the idea to write this piece when I went to a woodwind quintet recital a number of years ago. Reading the program notes, I learned that none of the well-known Classical composers wrote for woodwind quintet. The program did contain a short, entirely unremarkable slow movement by a classical composer I had not heard of. "Hell, I could do better than that.", I thought upon hearing it. And so I wrote this four movement Classical piece, complete with a minuet (and trio). I have yet to find a woodwind quintet to perform the piece, but, surprisingly enough, I was able to get a decent performance using Finale on my desktop computer. This is what's available on the website. A few passages sound strange due to tempo changes (ritards, etc.) which Finale tends to exaggerate.