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Quintet For Winds No. 2

for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon

By David Maslanka

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Chamber Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Oboe
For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon. Composed by David Maslanka. SWS+Inserts. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 80+16+12+12+12+12 pages. Duration 20 minutes. Carl Fischer Music #WE3. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.WE3).

Item Number: CF.WE3

ISBN 9780825856938. 9 X 12 inches. Key: C major.

Written in 1986 for the Manhattan Wind Quintet, this dynamic piece in three movements encompasses several moods that range from aggressiveness to placidity and etherealness. A technically demanding piece, the first movement is filled with exciting short phrases that come together in a fugual section. The second movement is both peaceful and emotional, with a profound sense of mystery. Finally, the third movement, a chaconne, features a continuous set of variations over a brief repeated harmonic pattern. The movement ends with a chorale-like coda that summarizes the entire piece.
Quintet for Winds No. 2 was written in 1986 for the Manhattan Wind Quintet, which gave the premiere performance in January 1987 at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Like Quintet for Winds No. 1, it is in three movements, yet the progression of attitudes is quite different. The movement through the entire piece shifts by degrees from an assertive, technically demanding character to music that is quite placid and ethereal. The first movement is, for the most part, aggressive and driving. Its exposition consists of a number of relatively brief ideas sharply intercut. The center of the movement is a complete fugue employing a number of traditional devices including retrograde, inversion, and retrograde-inversion of the subject, rhythmic augmentation and diminution, and stretto. The recapitulation consists of a quiet and thoughtful reworking of the introduction to the movement and an evolution of one of the short ideas from the exposition. The second movement has an underlying attitude of mystery and elusiveness. The pleasant and lulling quality of the opening gives way to a much more emotional and demanding music. The recapitulation further evolves the soothing character of the beginning, and the coda affects a mysterious disappearance. The third movement is a chaconne, a continuous set of variations over a brief repeated harmonic pattern. This radically simple harmonic scheme, laid out in whole notes, persists undisturbed until the coda. Above it unfold, a solo, a duet, a trio, then a drive to the movement's climactic point. The music then subsides to a restatement of the opening oboe solo, followed by a chorale-like coda that summarizes the entire piece.

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