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NATURE (RR7904)

2015

FIVE PIECE COMBO

Don Gillis

Madera Wind Quintet

 

 

OVERVIEW

Although Don Gillis (1912 – 1978) is most known for his Symphony No. 5½, A Symphony for Fun (1945), premiered by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1947, the American composer, conductor, and educator wrote prolifically in nearly all contemporary styles and genres, with a catalog of more than 150 works including ten symphonies and six string quartets. Near the beginning of his career, between 1938 and 1939, he composed three suites for wind quintet, which have never been recorded – until now.

 

On their debut Ravello Records release, FIVE PIECE COMBO: THE COMPLETE SUITES FOR WIND QUINTET BY DON GILLIS, the Madera Wind Quintet presents the first recording of these delightful works. Dedicated to exploring the fringes of the quintet repertoire, the group – consisting of Amy Thiemann, flute; Jason Paschall, oboe; Rachel Yoder, clarinet; Jorge Cruz Jr., bassoon; and Angela Winter, horn – recorded six new works for wind quintet on their first album Five at Play before turning their focus to the music of Don Gillis.

 

As the Texas State Historical Association states, much of Gillis’ music “emphasizes the comical…. One of his artistic goals was to interpret his American background musically. His music therefore draws on popular material, particularly emphasizing jazz, which the composer viewed as a dynamic and revitalizing element in American music.” Revitalizing Gillis’ music, the Madera Wind Quintet bring out the composer’s clear, accessible, and melodic writing style as well as welcoming his lightheartedness, shown in many of his titles, such as Suite No. 1 for Woodwind Quintet, “The Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare” (1938), Suite No. 2 for Woodwind Quintet, “Three Sketches” (1939), and Suite No. 3 for Woodwind Quintet, “Gone with the Woodwinds” (1939). With this album, the ensemble delivers the composer’s playful and spirited music with enthusiasm and aplomb, each instrument treated as a unique and charming character in one of America’s forgotten musical narratives.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

J. Robin Coffelt from Theater Jones (TX) praises the Madera Wind Quintet, “Each musician in this group has extraordinary skills…. A huge range of tonal color is available to this combination of instruments, too, and Madera Quintet capitalizes on this, producing a delightfully varied sound palette”

 

This album features the first commercial recordings of the complete suites for wind quintet by American composer Don Gillis (1912 – 1978)

 

The Madera Wind Quintet consists of Amy Thiemann, flute; Jason Paschall, oboe; Rachel Yoder, clarinet; Jorge Cruz Jr., bassoon; and Angela Winter, horn

 

The ensemble’s first album Five at Play (Crescent Phase Records) presents new and previously unrecorded works for wind quintet selected through a call for scores

 

The group premiered the International Joint Wind Quintet Commissioning Project’s winning composition at the 2012 International Double Reed Society and International Horn Society conferences, and was featured at the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association conference

 

The Madera Wind Quintet works to educate the next generation of chamber musicians through workshops and clinics for students of all ages

 

BIOGRAPHY

In 2008, five musicians with a shared love for chamber music came together in Denton, Texas to form the Madera Wind Quintet. Performing for diverse audiences across the United States, they have quickly become known as one of today’s most exciting wind quintets. Exploring the fringes of the quintet repertoire ­— new music, forgotten gems, original arrangements and music for children — Madera also engages audiences with the classic repertoire and beauty of the wind quintet sound.

 

Before turning their focus to the music of Don Gillis, Madera recorded six new works for wind quintet on their debut album Five at Play (Crescent Phase Records). The group premiered the International Joint Wind Quintet Commissioning Project’s winning composition at the 2012 International Double Reed Society and International Horn Society conferences, and was featured at the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association conference. The Madera Wind Quintet also works to educate the next generation of chamber musicians through workshops and clinics for students of all ages.

 

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Release Date: November 13, 2015

Catalog #: RR7920

 

 

TRACK TITLES

    Suite No. 1 for Woodwind Quintet,

     “The Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare”

1   I. They’re Off

2   II. Bre’er Rabbit Dreams

3   III. And Mr. Tortoise Wins the Race

 

    Suite No. 2 for Woodwind Quintet,

     “Three Sketches”

4   I. Self Portrait

5   II. Sermonette (Southern Style)

6   III. Shadows

 

    Suite No. 3 for Woodwind Quintet,

     “Gone with the Woodwinds”

7   I. Five Piece Combo

8   II. "Take Five" Blues

III. A Frolic in B-Bop Major

 

 

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