Five Witnesses, for woodwind quintet
for woodwind quintet COMPLETE SET (score and parts)
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The “Five” in the title refers to the five members of the quintet, the five movements of the composition and the five-note motive on which all the music is based. “Witnesses” refers to a human scenario that suggested the idea for the piece to me: I thought it might be interesting to think of the five-note motive as the basic signature of some kind of extraordinary, and perhaps deeply moving, event (the nature of which is left completely to the imagination) – an event witnessed by five individuals, each of whom experience the incident through the lens of a unique life experience and a personal set of values and cultural metaphors. Since we assume that something really did happen, the five-note motive, like the elusive “objective reality” of the event, is the most basic material for the entire piece. But I sought to make each movement as distinct from the others as I could, evoking an individual human personality for each one.