Sextet by Gary Schocker
For Woodwind Quintet
Published by Falls House Press
Includes score and parts
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn in F, Bassoon, and Piano
Schocker's Sextet was written for and dedicated to Jenny Cline (flute) and the Monmouth Winds, who premiered the work in 2014. The Sextet, Cline writes, “sounds at times delicate and intimate and at other times almost orchestral.” A March 2015 performance by Monmouth Winds is available on YouTube. The five elemental movements are 1. Earth, 2. Fire, 3. Wind, 4. Water, and 5. Ether, In Memory. For advanced performers.
Sextet, inspired by the Sextour of Poulenc, depicts the elements earth, fire, wind, water and ether, which is a memory piece/epilogue. This piece is a perfect program companion to the Poulenc. The music is haunting and memorable; the parts are not difficult.