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Karel Husa

Publisher: AMP

Five Poems for Wind Quintet (1994)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
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Wind Quintet
Year Composed
19 Minutes

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Programme Note
Karel Husa Five Poems for Wind Quintet (1994)
Composer Note:
The five poems — the third preceded by a short interlude (Lamenting Bird) — express my admiration for these wonderful creatures, who embellish our lives so magically. They are only imaginary poems (there are no words, as the poems have not been written). The suggested titles give the listeners free imagination. Musically I have tried to bring some new possibilities of techniques and sound combinations and also to bring out the present virtuosity of woodwind performers.
— Karel Husa

  • Ensemble
    Quintet of the Americas
    New World Records:
  • Ensemble
    Quintet of the Americas
    New World Records:
There was little agonizing over a recording for myself. Karel Husa remains best known for his powerful MUSIC FOR PRAGUE 1968, yet these chamber works for winds show him in a different light. Quirky, charming and gentle with wit and humanity cast in an edgy style, and are tackled with full-metal jacket virtuosity and huge panache by the Quintet of the Americas
Lawrence A. Johnson, Gramophone,01/01/0001
The mode of expression is mainly quiet, the quality of thematic invention high...[with] a depth and simplicity way beyond the range of most contemporary chamber music...FIVE POEMS from 1994 show that he hasn't lost the knack. They are evocations of the life of birds that avoid any Messiaenic overtures, while extending the wind quintet's expressive range, again in a quiet way.
Paul Ingram, Fanfare,01/01/0001
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