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Woodwind Quintet Performs April 6

BOONE-The Appalachian Woodwind Quintet will perform works by Rameau, Maslanka and Muczynski during a free concert April 6.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall.

The quintet is comprised of faculty from Appalachian State University’s School of Music. Quintet members are Nancy Schneeloch, flute; Lynn White, oboe; Douglas Miller, clarinet; Karen Robertson Smith, horn; and Jon Beebe, bassoon.

“Gavotte with Six Doubles” by Jean-Philippe Rameau is a baroque keyboard arrangement by Japanese bassoonist Nakagawa. Rameau was one of the leading composers of the baroque era and a contemporary of Bach. Rameau wrote a treatise on harmony that is still consulted today.

“Quintet No. 2″ by David Maslanka is perhaps the most challenging piece on the program. Maslanka is an American composer known for his works for band and wind ensemble. In the quintet composition, he attempts to create rich, band-like textures from only five players. While the work is atonal, it uses many traditional 20th century American sounds, with some new age influences.

“Quintet for Winds, Op. 45″ by Robert Muczynski was commissioned for the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet at the University of Oklahoma. Muczynski primarily composes instrumental works. The former professor at the University of Arizona wrote a concerto for alto saxophone that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize several years ago.