15. August 2009 · Comments Off on Woodwind Quintet · Categories: Ramble, Videos, WWQuintet

I’ve often said I’m not a huge fan of the woodwind quintet sound. There’s something about the many timbres (unlike the brass quintet or string quintet where the blend is so wonderful and unified) that doesn’t appeal to me, and much of the older music written for WWQ doesn’t seem all that great. But there are times, I admit, when I get a kick out of it, and if I’m playing it I do have fun. We begin our recital prep this coming week … and yes, we’ll be doing WWQ music.

I don’t know that we’ll be doing the Farkas, but here’s a fun little video by the Borealis Wind Quintet:

It’s possible we’ll do the Ewazen WWQ. Here is the first movement, played by the Soaring Spoon Quintet:

The entire group will be deciding what to play, of course, but I sure wouldn’t mind doing this as well (Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet playing the second movement of Three Moods by Andrey Rubtsov):

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