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Four Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet
Composed in 2009, revised in 2010
Instrumentation: Fl/A.Fl/Picc., Ob, BbCl/BssCl, Bn/CBn (optional), Hn in F
Dedicated to Louis-Pierre and Mark
Work submitted to CMC Quebec -- Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec
August 2009, Domaine Forget New Music Session, Saint-Irénée, Québec; Nouvel Ensemble Moderne; Lorraine Vaillancourt, cond.
These distinct and independent pieces act as short musical studies, exploring various configurations of the modern wind quintet, while looking back at the music of several composers whom I admire. The first piece, a glance at Kurtag and Debussy, revolves around a lulling rhythm, like someone fighting sleep. The second, a game of gesture and expectation, takes inspiration from the music of Ligeti and Hurel. The third is a study in bending and beating, inspired by La Monte Young, in which the quintet merges on a single pitch and gradually fans out into a cluster. Finally, the last piece contrasts a lumbering melodic loop with an ever-insistent accompaniment, fusing freely interpreted material from Messiaen with a process-like drive.
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