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Homophony: All About It

cropped-east-windies-logo-small-jpg3.png   Our bassoonist came across a great website that tells all (with audio examples) about the construct musical homophony:  Columbia University’s Sonic Glossary.  Go to:

http//ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/sonicg/terms/homophony.html

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Sonic Glossary posts this image (“The Food of Love”,  National Gallery London) with their first example of homophony:  Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, mvt.2. The author Elaine Sisman considers 11 more varieties within the construct.  Well worth a visit!

Tips for Writing Your Next Wind Quintet

EAST WINDIES LOGO small.jpgHats off to Zeke Hecker and his article:   “On Composing for Woodwind Quintet”. kalvos.ord/heckless1.html. 5.03.2016.  Here’s a potted version of his timely advice:

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Image: “Tips for composing Piano Music”  coltharppianoworld.com. 6.03.2016

Remember wind players have to breathe

unlike string players

Wind players need to rest

constant blowing is tough!

Avoid too much of the “pastoral” sound

wind instruments can do a lot morethey like to move it

Avoid a fixed hierarchy

share the tune around

Don’t use all five instruments all the time

the occasional embedded solo, duet or trio is rather nice

Extreme register tones (highs & lows) require dynamic discretion

example: real soft is fairly hard to do

Play around with rhythm

wind players are good at it

Stretch the classical wind quintet concept

include other members of the family—ex. the Eb clarinet

Try combining winds with other instruments

Piano, or a few strings are nice

Try transcribing as a practice exercise

 Piano music is easiest to start with

 And finally:  “Listen to reams of quintet music”