Quintet for Winds No. 2 (Maslanka)

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David Maslanka

David Maslanka

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General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00


1. Quarter note = 92 - 7:43
2. Quarter note = 96 - 7:24
3. Quarter note = 96 - 6:52


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Quintet for Winds was written in 1986 for the Manhattan Wind Quintet, which gave the premiere performance in January 1987 at the Weill Recital Hall in New York City.

Like Quintet No.1 for Winds, it is in three movements, yet the progression of attitudes is quite different. The movement through the entire piece shifts by degrees from an assertive, technically demanding character to music that is quite placid and ethereal.

The first movement is, for the most part, aggressive and driving. Its exposition consists of a number of relatively brief ideas sharply intercut. The center of the movement is a complete fugue employing a number of traditional devices including retrograde, inversion, and retrograde-inversion of the subject, rhythmic augmentation and diminution, and stretto. The recapitulation consists of a quiet and thoughtful reworking of the introduction to the movement and an evolution of one of the short ideas from the exposition.

The second movement has an underlying attitude of mystery and elusiveness. The pleasant and lulling quality of the opening gives way to a much more emotional and demanding music. The recapitulation further evolves the soothing character of the beginning, and the coda effects a mysterious disappearance.

The third movement is a chaconne, a continuous set of variations over a brief repeated harmonic pattern. This radically simple harmonic scheme, laid out in whole notes, persists undisturbed until the coda. Above it unfold a solo, a duet, a trio, then a drive to the movement’s climactic point. The music then subsides to a restatement of the opening oboe solo, followed by a chorale-like coda that summarizes the entire piece.

-Program note by composer

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eclectet - 5 December 2013
  • California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks) Faculty Quintet - 13 March 2013
  • Manhattan Wind Quintet - 31 January 1987 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Maslanka, D. (2005). Quintet for winds no. 2, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon [score]. Carl Fischer: New York.