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"Wind Quintet"

Title Wind Quintet
ComposerF.G.J. Absil
Instrum.Wind Quintet
Date12 March 2004
DurationTotal: 21'00 (4 movements: 6'00 + 3'45 + 6'10 + 5'00)
StyleAndante - Allegro, Blues Waltz, Ballad, Allegro
KeyF, Bb, F minor, C (Various)
Meter4/4 - 5/4 - 7/4, 3/4, 9/8, 4/4 (Various)


A musical score excerpt
  • Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon.


This wind quintet has a fairly tonal character, with influences from popular and jazz music. It is in four movements, each in a different style.

Mvt. 1: Latin Mood, Andante (66 BPM) - Allegro (112 BPM), Meter: 4/4 - 5/4 - 7/4, Key: F - Bb, 135 mm (6'00).
The opening movement starts with a maestoso introduction, followed by a light latin mood with frequently changing irregular meter. It contains brief double tempo sections the clarinet.

Mvt. 2: Blues Waltz, Presto (196 BPM), Meter: 3/4, Key: Bb - Ab Mixolydian, 245 mm. (3'45).
The 2nd movement is an up-tempo cheerful waltz in blues style, with a lead for flute oboe. It is in three-part form, featuring the horn in the middle section.

Mvt. 3: Ballade, Andantino (68 BPM), Meter: 9/8, Key: Fm - Cm, 52 mm. (6'10).
The 3rd movement is a ballad in minor, featuring the bassoon and oboe. Its main returns in several variations, closed by brief chorale-like phrases.

Mvt. 4: Finale, Allegro (120 BPM), Meter: 4/4, Key: G, 151 mm. (5'00).
Finally, the closing movement sets a humorous mood. The main theme is played unisono at the start and is developed throughout the movement. There is a lot of phrases containing counterpoint. Grade: medium to difficult.