Woodland Wind Quintet (Score & Parts)-WW5
Composer: Walker, Gwyneth
Publisher: Lauren Keiser Music Publications
Woodland Wind Quintet
for woodwind quintet
by Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947)- American composer
This music was commissioned in loving memory of Kate Powers by her parents, Christine and Ray Powers, her brother, John Powers, and the Director of the Woodland Wind Quintet, Licia Gambino Hamilton.
This is lively music characterized by upward leaps of octaves. The intent is to depict that boundless energy we associate with youth. The opening measures are marked "jagged, with gathering energy" as the ensemble sets off on a playful journey. Then, as the work unfolds, there are several interruptions to the main theme-- once in a sprightly 6/8 dalliance, and once in a melodic and reflective passage. This slower section ends with bird calls in the upper winds. Yet, because the fun-loving spirit of the work prevails, the opening theme always returns in one guise or another.