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The Emerald Wind Quintet
Written by Seattle composer Stafford Miller, this piece had only one performance back in 1960 at a Contemporary Music Festival in San Jose. After decades of having it sit in his files, Stafford gave us the piece to try, and we all agreed it needed some publicity! We recorded it in November 2015 at our rehearsal space at the Bothell Police Department.
Sy Brandon: Neverland, The Story of Peter Pan in Poetry and Music (audio only)
Pacific Northwest Premiere, 4/17/15. This delightful piece for wind quintet and narrator was written in 2014 through a Commissioning Consortium, which our group took part in along with 11 other wind quintets from across the country. Our performance in April 2015 on Mercer Island was the Pacific Northwest premiere. We were fortunate to have Evan Woltz, son of our bassoonist, Paul, as our awesome narrator. Upon hearing our performance, the composer, Dr. Brandon, commented, "Your quintet played it superbly and the narrator was amazing! It was just as I envisioned the work."
Benjamin Gessel: Colorful and Reflective Melodies Suite
World Premiere, 9/22/13. Written by our horn player, this set of 6 short movements explores various emotions and settings, most of which have a relation to fairy tales, and reflects the influence of movie and film music in Ben's writing, as well as certain classical composers. It is a light, heart-felt work that we premiered in September 2013. We are fortunate to have a composer in our group!
Jeffrey Taylor: Woodwind Quintet
World Premiere, 9/22/13. Written in three movements, this is an intellectual work with beautiful blends of sounds between the woodwinds. The first movement is particularly challenging, as it constantly changes between various odd meters. We were honored to premiere this piece in September 2013 and to have the opportunity to work personally with Jeff, who is a Seattle composer.
Giuseppe Cambini: Wind Quintet No.1 in Bb, movement 1