Divertimento for Wind Quintet

Composer: Michaels, Arthur J.
Instrumentation: Woodwind Quintet Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon
Genre: Contemporary

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  1. Chestnut
  2. Kaleidoscope
  3. III. Caprice

“Divertimento for Wind Quintet” is a moderately difficult, vibrant piece in three short movements. The piece features dynamic contrasts, syncopation, varied tonal colors, full instrument ranges, tonal clusters of harmony, and imitative motifs that pass among the instruments. The work is delightful to play and hear. It's suitable for college and professional players, and it’s an excellent tool for teaching advanced students more refined ensemble and musicianship skills.

The first movement, “Chestnut” (3:00), is an entertaining story in which all the instruments combine to tell an animated tale. “Kaleidoscope” (2:40), the second movement, includes continually changing harmonic patterns and varied dynamics that create a wealth of shifting musical textures. The third movement, “Caprice” (2:50), is a whim brimming with energetic playfulness that radiates from all the instruments.

The instrumentation throughout is standard woodwind quintet with no alternative instrumentation or doubling. Each section can be performed as a standalone concert or contest selection.

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    I started composing music when I was 13. I'm a classically trained musician, prepared as a music educator. I earned a bachelor's degree in music from the Eastman School of Music (saxophone and clarinet major), and a master of arts degree in teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. I taught instrumental music in public schools in New York and New Jersey.

    Since 1978 I've published concert band, orchestral, choral and instrumental ensemble pieces. To view my current list of music publications and commissions, view my publications and commissions list in the photo album titled “Art’s Publications and Bio.”

    Because I prepared as a music educator in my formal training, I try to infuse my music with educational value. For this reason, the director/program notes I prepare for some of my pieces include suggestions for individual and ensemble musical lessons that directors can glean from the music. The titles of many of my works also reflect this educational leaning.

    I'm a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Music Educators Association, and ASCAP.

    Special thanks to these bands and their conductors for recording several of my concert band pieces during the last few years (informal recordings for my editing scores and publisher evaluation of the pieces):

    •Bucknell University Concert Band, directed by William Kenny and Peter Haberman.
    •Lycoming College Concert Band, directed by Dr. Bill Ciabattari.
    •Bluffton University Concert Band, directed by Dr. Jeff Boehm.
    •Slippery Rock University Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Brian Meixner.
    •Wright State University Concert Band, directed by Bill Jobert.
    •University of Findlay Wind Ensemble, directed by Jack Taylor.
    •Mount Union College Wind Ensemble, directed by Jonathan Willis.
    •Lebanon Valley College Wind Ensemble, directed by Christopher Heffner.
    •University of Southern Mississippi Concert Band, directed by Mohamad Schuman.
    •Eastman School of Music graduate saxophone quartet, directed by Dr. Ramon Ricker.
    •Eastman School of Music student saxophone quartet.
    •Community Band of Brevard (FL), directed by Marion Scott.
    •Titusville (FL) High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Ian Schwindt.
    •Valdosta State University Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Joe Brashier.
    •Orlando (FL) Concert Band, directed by Aaron Lefkowitz.
    •Savannah River Winds, directed by Richard D. Brasco.
    •Messiah College Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Bradley Genevro.

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    SKU CM4222
    Price 22.00
    First published 2018
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Michaels, Arthur J.
    Instrument Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon
    Instrumentation Woodwind Quintet
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 4
    Duration 5
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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