flute, oboe, and 2 Bb clarinets.
4 minutes
performed here by Heather Zenobia (fl), Andrea Overturf (ob.), Amy Advocat and Eric Chi (Bb Cl).


During the summer of 2006, the Tanglewood Music Center commissioned their Composer Fellows for short pieces to be played before the weekly Sunday morning chamber music concerts. My Prelude for woodwind quartet came out of this project. The concert I was asked to write for was a special all-Mozart birthday concert. A fragment from Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds (K452), one of the pieces featured on the program that morning, ended up becoming my compositional point of departure: the serene first theme of the Adagio from K452 is heard in different guises throughout the Prelude, acting as a memento mori both to Mozart’s music and those listeners that were celebrating his 250th birthday on that hazy morning.


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