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Woodwind Quartet (score & parts) - FL/OB/CL/BSN

Composer: Douglas, Bill

Publisher: TrevCo

Edition: 1200 - 67464


Woodwind Quartet
for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon
by Bill Douglas (b. 1944) - Canadian-born composer, pianist, and bassoonist
I. Waltz Cantabile
II. Nocturne
III. Jubilation
IV. Allegro Cantando
Published in early 2012, this four movement work is scored for standard woodwind quartet of Flute, Oboe, Clarinet (Bb), and Bassoon. One of Bill's longer works, this was commissioned by a consortium of over 100 musicians and ensembles. Exciting, great fun, and enjoyable for performers and audience. The first and last movements follow the basic jazz form: a unison theme, followed by an improvisation on the chords of the theme, and then a return to the theme with variations. In this case, however, the 'improvisation' sections are completely written out, and in both movements there is a contrasting middle section. The second movement uses a six note scale sometimes known as an augmented scale, with a middle section that uses a half tone/whole tone scale. The third movement was influenced by Irish music and African music. At the beginning, it uses a bell pattern from Ghana.