Quintet for Winds No. 1

Quintet for Winds No. 12020-04-20T20:39:51+00:00

Project Description

Woodwind Quintet
20 min.

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Commissioned by

the Manhattan Wind Quintet



in 1984 by the Manhattan Wind Quintet at Symphony Space in New York City.

Program Note

Quintet for Winds No. 1 was composed in 1984 for the Manhattan Wind Quintet, and premiered by them at Symphony Space in New York City. The music has no particular story to tell, and might be considered a short symphony for five players. There is a character of mystery about the music. Ideas are deceptively simple, even innocent-sounding, yet each movement unfolds with an increasing depth and dramatic urgency. Each is a life story without words. The second movement does have an external reference: The New York city subway system. At my home stop of 200th street in Manhattan, out-of-service trains were often parked with their air compressors running. The harmonic complex of forced sustained sounds inspired this movement.

Program Note by David Maslanka

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