Quintet for Winds
Composed by John Harbison
Published by Associated Music Publishers
Includes score and parts
Duration: 23 minutes
Second edition: August 1999
Quintet for Winds was composed in the summer of 1978 for the Aulos Quintet, on commission from the Naumburg Foundation. The piece has been performed by many groups – most notably the Emmanuel Wind Quintet, who have performed it over 40 times and gave the first New York City performance in 1980.
The piece especially emphasizes mixtures and doublings and maintains a classically simple surface. It is extremely challenging to play, and one of the principal rewards of the piece has been the opportunity to work with a number of resourceful, inquisitive, and fearless wind players in the mutually beneficial expansion of their repertory.
– John Harbison