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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

Island Prelude (wind quintet) (1989)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
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Wind Quintet
Year Composed
10 Minutes
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Programme Note
Joan Tower Island Prelude (wind quintet) (1989)
Related works:
Island Prelude (oboe and string orchestra)
Island Prelude (oboe and string quartet)
Island Prelude (wind quintet)
Composer Note:

This work starts with a very slow-moving consonant landscape that gradually becomes more active and dissonant. Above this terrain, the oboe emerges as a slightly more prominent and melismic line which in turn activates the surrounding chords. Finally, the oboe releases its contained energy in two short cadenzas ruling upwards in a burst of fast notes that lead into a final, quiet coda. This last section is again very slow, sustained, high and distant.

The island [of the title] is remote, lush, tropical with stretches of white beach interspersed with thick green jungle. Above is a large, powerful, and brightly colored bird which soars and glides, spirals up, and plummets with folded wings as it dominates but lives in complete harmony with its island home.

— Joan Tower

9 April 1989
Nancy Clauter, oboe
Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, AZ

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    Dorian Wind Quintet
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