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Been a bit since I've been on here and figured I'd check things out. I've been busy these days working, writing, and listening to some good music. One of my latest passions has been exploring the music from the 1950s to 1970s (which, ironically, was right before I entered the world). To my surprise, there was some really good non-tonal music written in this period that was NOT serial!! Who would've thought!?! This discovery inspired me -particularly in exploring more with the woodwind quintet. Thus, I present my Divertimento for Woodwind Quintet! Some of my inspirations include the vast repertoire of Tomasi (whom I never knew existed) and -of course- the Bagatelles of Ligeti. The work does feature my typical usage of contrapuntal textures within the opening (which is a 5 part dissonant fugue). This evolves to become more interrupted with a falling motif that is, itself, derived from the fugal material. The second section is more textural in nature -an exploration of my love for hypnotic textures that feature a melodic line that is variated slightly. This section isn't minimal per se, but I do tend to sit a bit with it. The section ends with infusions of the fugal material in an attempt to play with the ideas of anticipation. Not sure if it's totally successful(?) Finally, the fugal material returns in a short, fiery closing to the piece. Hope you enjoy!
This is my first woodwind quintet; it was commissioned by a group at my university. I would love some feedback.