Character Sketches (score & parts) - WW5
Composer: Harris, Truman
for wind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon
by Truman Harris
A big-city street in lined with fire-eaters, acrobats and caricaturists as we stroll past
II. Monday Morning
After a fun weekend, the workplace looms
Out with friends, no one has yet asked her to dance. Suddenly a handsome fellow in uniform appears. Has cavalry come to the rescue? But alas.
Optimism and high energy as the game beings. Wait, the home team is losing? A late opposition error opens a small possibility of victory.
V. Lydian Invaders
The Lydian Church mode, named after the ancient kingdom of Lydia, is basically a major scale with the 4th raised a half step. Flute and bassoon paint a bucolic scene, but forces of F Major soon attack without warning! Disguised as Lydian (with b natural) the intruders show their true colors when their leader, the dreaded "Major Bb" appears.
VI. New Year's Eve
Our protagonist from the third movement is happily waltzing the night away. After a bit, sadder thoughts are insisted on by the bassoon, as is often the case, but they pass quickly away with the cry, "Let's Celebrate!"