If you are a flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon or horn player, or if you are a composer, arranger, historian, musicologist, music publisher or librarian, an extra special welcome to you! This is the world’s best educational website dedicated to woodwind quintets and related ensembles. This site is for you.
To go directly to our quintet list, click or tap on our Woodwind Quintets menu and select a letter of the alphabet to see the composer of your choice. (The sidebar on the right of each page works, too.) If you’re not impatient, here’s some vital info about our site:
About Our Site
Yes, this site is still under construction. I suppose you could say it’s a woodwind quintet hard hat zone, but most of the functionality, in the form of pages of lists of quintets, is working. If you want to explore on your own, just click on the Woodwind Quintets menu, then click on a letter of the alphabet to find the composer of your choice. Or just browse through them.
This is the web’s foremost educational site for woodwind quintets and related works. How do I know? First, it’s the work of 35+ years of research on woodwind quintets. (How many websites do you know that have taken 35 years to build?) Second, the numbers say it all. We list original works and arrangements by over 4500 composers and arrangers, totaling over 9000 work titles. What? You didn’t know there were so many works for woodwind quintet? Neither did I (or probably anybody else), and more are being composed almost every day.
This site brings together info from many books and catalogs and, online, national music info sites, music libraries, commercial sites and thousands of composer websites. See our Resources page for more info.
Special thanks should be made to Miroslav Hosek, whose pre-Internet, 1979 published woodwind quintet list was the mother of all woodwind quintet lists.
This is not to say this site is perfect. By it’s nature it will always be under construction. We are particularly weak on woodwind quintets from Asia.(Language is part of the problem as well as the lack of Asian music and composer info and websites in English.) I’m sure there are more works from Africa, as well.
What IS a woodwind quintet?
A woodwind quintet is a standard chamber music ensemble consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. For some works, those players may also play piccolo, alto flute, bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, English horn, oboe d’amore, contrabassoon and, rarely, even Wagner tuba. You will also find some alternative combinations of instruments here, but those are the exceptions.
In this list the terms Blaasquintet, Blaeserkvintet, blasekvintett, blaserquintett, Blazerskwintet, Cvintet de Suflatori, dechov kvintet, dechove kvinteto, dechovy kvintet, duhacki kvintet, dychove kvinteto, Foyveblas, Fuvosoetoes, Fuvosotos, houtblazerskwintet, kvintet, kwintet dęty (or kwintet dety), Kvintet dlia dukhovykh instrumentov, kwintet, Kwintet voor Blazers, pihalni kvintet, Puhallinkvintetto, puhallinkvintetille, Puhkpillikvintett, Quintet de Vent, Quinteto de viento, kouinteto pneuston (Κουιντέτο Πνευστών), Quinteto para sopros, Quintette à Vent, Quinteto para instrumentos de aliento, Quintette pour instruments à vent, Quintetto a fiati, and wind quintet, all mean “woodwind quintet” unless an alternate instrumentation is noted.
When I decided to add double woodwind quintets, that increased the scope of the list. It seemed to make sense that two woodwind quintets might want to combine forces if the opportunity presented itself. Well, if a woodwind quintet might want to share the stage with another woodwind quintet, then a woodwind quintet might also, on occasion, combine with a string or brass quartet or quintet. So I added those as I found them.
It also made sense to include sextets for woodwind quintet with a “guest” instrument. So anything with an additional player, including saxophone, a second clarinet, a brass instrument, a singer or narrator, a harp, a viola, percussion, or even a didgeridoo are included.
Works for woodwind quintet and orchestra are also included.
A separate page also contains works for winds and keyboard (mostly modeled after Mozart’s Quintet for winds and piano, or sextets for full quintet and piano). Then, there are a few other instrumentations added just because I thought they were interesting and could help quintets expand their literature.
What I didn’t try to include in this list are works from the harmoniemusik tradition, usually 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons and 2 horns. That’s a whole other tradition of wind music writing which would be fodder for an entirely different list. True, many of the double woodwind quintets may combine elements of both traditions.
This is an English-language site. But I’ve attempted to include original titles, too.
Entries of works and composers in Greek, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and other non-Latin languages by necessity have a Latin alphabet transliteration.
You Can Make this Site Better!
First, tell your friends and colleagues! This site has NO advertising budget, we rely on word of mouth to spread the news.
Our goal is to make this, eventually, an interactive site, where performing musicians, teachers, musicologists, historians, composers, publishers and librarians can all feel free to share information about woodwind quintets. You will see that many works have comments by myself, by other musicians, and by composers. I want to add to those and you can help. Eventually we may feature guest blog posts about woodwind quintets (and maybe even about composing or arranging for woodwind quintet) in the blog area, too.
For now, the best place to share comments will be in our blog. I’ll maintain a post or posts where people can add comments to share with others. Notices of woodwind quintet performances (past, present and future) are welcome, too. Private messages can be emailed to me from the Contact Andy Brandt menu.
How to Use this Site
The meat of the site is in our quintet list. Works are listed by composer (or, sometimes, by arranger). Each letter of the alphabet has a separate page. (There are no X’s, at least not yet.) Anybody who has used a music dictionary should be able to figure it out pretty easily. To find a letter of the alphabet, start with the Woodwind Quintets tab and select a letter. Some may find the list of all our pages on the sidebar easier to navigate and access.
What info is included?
Each listing may include, if known:
- The composer’s name
- The birth and death dates of the composer
- The title of the work
- The instrumentation, if not the usual woodwind quintet
- The arranger’s name, if it’s an arrangement of another work
- The publisher, if any, or other source
- Notes on the work, including movement titles & approximate durations
- Doubling requirements and alternate instrumentations
- Web address or contact info for living composers
- Library sources, if known, for unpublished works
- Miscellaneous info on history, or questions of fact
- Personal commentary from myself, other performers, or composers
Colors and typography and indentation are used to indicate different data.
I’ve not included prices, since they may vary greatly. This is not a commercial site, in any case. Many of the works have never been published commercially.
For weird technical SEO reasons, most web links are not yet live links. That may change in the future. For now, copy and paste the links to another web browser tab.
If any information is not included, it’s because I don’t know it. I hope readers will supply more of the missing information, preferably citing sources if there are any.
Into the Future, and Beyond
Soon, I hope to have an email sign-up list for blog announcements and other news about woodwind quintets (music and ensembles). Future plans are to build a library of blog posts about woodwind quintets.
This list was started in the early 1980s. To exchange info between PCs and Macs in those digital prehistoric times, it was then necessary to have a text-only ASCII list. This meant that many diacritical marks, accents (grave and acute), umlauts, and many other markings had to be added later and then transcribed into HTML coding. There are still omissions and errors, I’m sure. People with more familiarity with the various languages are welcome to suggest corrections.
If there is any other way I can improve this list, please Contact Me to offer your ideas.
Composers who wish to have live links to their own entry can also Contact Me, Andrew Brandt. I’m happy to add an HTML ID code to have a link go directly to your works. To add new (or old) works to the list, also contact me. You can also share announcements and comments in the blog.
Phones and Tablets and other Devices
This website uses a responsive, phone and tablet friendly theme, which should be useable on a wide variety of devices. If you have trouble reading it on your device or browser, let me know (preferably with the name of your device and/or web browser). With today’s overwhelming number of devices, it’s impossible to test on all of them. A few features of this site may only work on modern, up-to-date browsers. It’s been tested on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, mostly.
Again, there is an almost overwhelming amount of info in this list. Take it in small sips or big gulps, as needed. Browsing may find surprises. Feel free to participate or ask questions. Thank you for visiting.