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Wind Quintet (Beranek)

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Jacob Beranek

Jacob Beranek


General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Beranek Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00


Movements

1. Flowing
2. Peacefully - Playfully
3. Hymn-like
4. Celebrating


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute (Piccolo)
Oboe (English horn)
B-flat Clarinet
F Horn
Bassoon


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The modern wind quintet has enjoyed a rich, colorful history for two centuries. With this Wind Quintet, I strove to put my own personal spin on the genre while still honoring its heritage. The resulting work, therefore, is a study in tradition and play, upholding my philosophy of writing something I’d enjoy if I were sitting in the audience -- and something that hopefully fulfills players in rehearsal and performance.

The first movement is in classic sonata-allegro form. This choice was an experiment to see if this tried, embraced, discarded, and re-embraced mold stands the test of time, making it “my own” only by placing my own ideas inside. The second movement takes the form of a rondo with a reflective introduction and lively coda. This mixed-meter movement is built around a repetitive, jaunty A theme that returns twice after its first statement, with contrasting themes sandwiched in between (ABACA). The third movement is a theme and variations -- or perhaps more accurately, a hymn and investigations. After the theme (which begins with a brief quotation of Vaughan Williams’s Sine nomine), a jig-like variation in 6/8 leads into a more pensive variation with the theme covered up in the bassline. A pointillist restatement of the theme pops up and dances right into a fugue, which is the largest of the five variations. After hearkening back to my original hymn tune in a chorale-like final variation, the third movement settles to a close, and the finale begins. This last movement is ternary (ABA) and features an A theme built around two syncopated tunes which are contrasted by a flowing B section. The A section returns after some finagling, and once it pulls itself together, rushes headlong to a jubilant conclusion, joyously concluding the celebration.

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Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Midsummer's Music Festival, Fish Creek, Wisc. - 17 July 2019
  • Midsummer's Music Festival, Egg Harbor, Wisc. - 14 July 2019
  • Midsummer's Music Festival, Ephraim, Wisc. - 12 July 2019
  • Midsummer's Music Festival, Sister Bay, Wisc. - 11 July 2019
  • Midsummer's Music Festival, Egg Harbor, Wisc. - 10 July 2019


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