Reflections for Wind Quintet by Mike Dale
Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon
Score and parts
Composer Mike Dale was born in 1959, and has lived in the north west of England all his life. At school age he began to learn guitar, and had clarinet lessons, but it was only at the end of his time at school that he took up what is now his main instrument, the saxophone. Later while at college studying piano tuning he added the flute. He has since studied music with the Open University. After college, he played in several rock bands, one of which was played on the BBC a couple of times. Most of his playing time nowadays is spent playing in saxophone ensembles; quartets and an octet, although he does a lot of jazz, and some big band playing. Mike began composing at school, and has been doing so ever since.
Reflections begins with an eight bar rhythmic melody on the flute, underpinned by the clarinet and bassoon. This is followed by an answering phrase on oboe, with the clarinet and bassoon continuing, with slightly more variation both rhythmically and melodically. The entry of the French horn, introduces a short contrapuntal passage. For the next section, the bassoon takes the lead, with interjections from the rest of the ensemble. After this comes an 8 bar vigoroso section, before a sudden contrasting atmospheric passage with the flute soaring over a bed of subtle rippling rhythms played by the rest of the ensemble. This is followed by another vigoroso section, this time consisting of call and response, with the flute and oboe responding to a phrase played by the clarinet and bassoon, with the horn adding melodic contrast. Towards the end of this piece, there is a gradual reduction in volume, with intermittent crescendos, leading to a satisfying final chord.