Hello Colleagues,

I've been experimenting with writing for classical instrumentms in the last year or so (mostly in the past I have composed for solo piano). First I started with some solo French horn, then some string quartets, and with this piece the first work for woodwind quintet. It's the first time I've written for these instruments (except for horn) and will be included with two other pieces once I've written them. The only thing I can really compare it to is writing the string quartets, which have some similarities, mostly in terms of swapping emphasis between registers/instruments, and some differences, in that there is more "color" variation between winds than with strings. Hope you enjoy it and as always comments invited >

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  • A most enjoyable piece. I do not feel threatened in this jungle!

    Thanks for sharing this piece.

  • Thanks Stanley! Glad you enjoyed!

  • Agree with other reviews, a nice piece, jaunty, airy, light - not much of a canopy in your jungle!  You seem to be doing very well with instrumental combinations. Has the scent of summer about it. 

  • @Michael, the quintuplets were a challenge to get working since there isn't any other notation in the measure - I thought they left things a little free floating, as if one had dipped out of time. But maybe next time, and thanks for listening and commenting -

    @Dane, thanks, the Jungle may end up being a working title by the time I write the companion pieces, not sure. Thanks for your comments -

    Gav

  • Very enjoyable indeed!  Taking the title into account, I would have expected something rather darker and more dire, but it blithely bounces along.  Makes me want to try my hand at a woodwind quintet again!  Thanks for posting it.  

  • Thanks Joseph! My titles are all working titles and this one may change at some point! I appreciate your comments

    Gav

  • It's nice to hear your work, Gav.  I'll admit to being curious about your style/preferences based on some of the discussions you've been a part of.  I was under the impression you were a modern/avant-garde composer, with a penchant for micro-rhythms, quarter tones, and extended techniques :)  Obviously, I was wrong (at least with regard to this piece!)  Delightful, cheery piece, and a great first effort with a new instrumental ensemble.  Congrats!

    Dave

  • Thanks David,

    I vary in styles, from some of the areas you mention, into more traditional tonal ensembles such as here. Currently, my focus is on getting published and so I am trying to write music which would appeal to beginners-intermediate performers, which I think is an underserved market, fully of treacly-nursery rhyme type stuff, which I find to be horrible. Here's an example from the other side of styles I use if you have interest to see that. I've already posted it on the forum before, so won't put up a separate post about it. Thanks for your comments and for listening!

    Gav

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x8g9V1_W2o

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  • Very nice, Gav!  It's like a fusion of Scriabin, jazz, and ragtime :)  Good stuff!

    Dave

    Gav Brown said:

    Thanks David,

    I vary in styles, from some of the areas you mention, into more traditional tonal ensembles such as here. Currently, my focus is on getting published and so I am trying to write music which would appeal to beginners-intermediate performers, which I think is an underserved market, fully of treacly-nursery rhyme type stuff, which I find to be horrible. Here's an example from the other side of styles I use if you have interest to see that. I've already posted it on the forum before, so won't put up a separate post about it. Thanks for your comments and for listening!

    Gav

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x8g9V1_W2o

    In the Jungle - Woodwind Quintet
    Hello Colleagues, I've been experimenting with writing for classical instrumentms in the last year or so (mostly in the past I have composed for solo…
  • Well Gav, it's certainly playable by beginner/intermediate performers which is a good starting point. I note 'The Jungle' is a working title and maybe the next two movements will get us there but, as already noted, it's more of a summer meadow to me. Very pleasant and a good start with this combination of instruments.

    Stephen

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