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Chamber Symphony No 5 for Ten Wind Instruments

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Darius Milhaud

Darius Milhaud

This work bears the designation Opus 75.

General Info

Year: 1922
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kalmus
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $25.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


1. Rude - 1:15
2. Lent - 3:14
3. Violent - 1:10


Cor anglais
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Horn in F I-II


In Parts:

  • Bass Clarinet part is missing some dynamics. Watch the rest of the parts.

Program Notes

The Little (Chamber) Symphony No.5, Op.75, also known as the Tentet, is a symphony for wind instruments written by French composer Darius Milhaud in 1922. It is his fifth chamber symphony, which are also referred to as the Petites Symphonies or Chamber Symphonies. The work was commissioned by Italian Radio and is dedicated to Marya Freúnd, a soprano singer and Milhaud's friend, who performed the premiere of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, conducted by Milhaud. The symphony was first performed at Champs-Elysées, Paris in 1923.

Chamber Symphony No. 5 is written for an ensemble of ten wind instruments, consisting of piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, B-flat clarinet, B-flat bass clarinet, two bassoons and two horns.

All three movements use a motivic cell construction, scalar chromatic motion, and predominantly contrary motion between voices. The form of the piece is more ambiguous, however, since the symphony was written after Milhaud's excursion to Brazil. It displays elements of baroque musical forms popular in the neo-baroque revitalization that characterized Milhaud's time. Mawer notes some characteristics common to Milhaud's compositions in his early years that can be applied to the Chamber Symphonies. They include: "chromaticism bordering on atonality, a distinctive jazz-inspired modality, and a surprising aleatoric element, bound together by neoclassical aesthetic."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • Long Beach (Calif.) Chamber Winds (Tyler J. Kimball, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • Eastman Wind Orchestra (Rochester, N.Y.) (Vicky Shin, conductor) – 2 April 2018
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Chamber Winds (Mark Heidel, conductor) – 3 May 2017
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Sebastian Serrano, conductor) – 15 September 2016

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