Elegy for Woodwind Quintet Op.462
About “Elegy for Woodwind Quintet Op.462”
This work is composed specifically for a woodwind quintet comprising of, flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon and horn in F.
About the Work
As the title suggests, this work is an elegy, that is to say in musical terms at least, work for or about Human mortality in general but in particular, about the passing of a great historical figure, a loved one or friend.
In this case, the Elegy for Woodwind Quintet Op.462 is not actually about anyone in particular but rather a piece that expresses sorrow and remorse for the passing of so many people that were dear to the composer.
The work begins with a hymn-like theme played in the oboe part before being passed to the flute and then the horn and clarinet to complete.
The oboe picks up the theme only this time in a more dramatic setting that sees the theme evolve into a longer, more fugal form.
A new theme is then introduced by the oboe which moves the theme through various tonal centres before culminating in one recapitulation and the final peaceful resolution.
Level & Ranges
The level is intermediate with instrumental ranges as follows:
Flute: “E1” to “G3”
Oboe: “E1” to “D3”
Bb Clarinet: “G#1” to “E4”
Bassoon: “C1” to “F3”
Horn in F: “G1” to “G3”
All parts encounter running semi-quavers and scale-based passages as the work progresses and players will need to be technically proficient.
Duration: The duration of the work is circa 5 minutes.
You can listen to the audio demo of this work in the description of this product.
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