Five Concertinos


Wind quintet
Woodwind Ensemble
Commissioned for the Ensemble InterContemporain by the Bath Festival with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain
First Performance
3.6.90, Bath Festival, Tippet Centre, Bath: Ensemble InterContemporain

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Programme Notes

Colin Matthews Five Concertinos for wind quintet Each of these short pieces features one of the players, not so much as a concertante soloist as the most prominent amongst equals and at the same time as something of an outsider to the others (this is especially the case in the third and fifth pieces). The tempos and characters of the movements are: (I) Quasi improvisando (oboe) – declamatory, improvisatory; (ii) Molto vivo (bass clarinet) – fast and hectic; (iii) Molto meccanico (bassoon) – machine-like; (iv) Calmo (piccolo) – very quiet, floating; (v) Agitato (horn) – fast and spiky. The total duration is around ten minutes. The Five Concertinos were commissioned by the Bath Festival for the Ensemble Intercontemporain with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain, and are dedicated to Henri Dutilleux. The first performance took place on 3rd June 1990 at the Tippett Centre, Bath. Colin Matthews

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