Quintet No. 3 for Winds (2002)

Quintet for Winds No. 3 was composed during the year 2002 in Hampton, Virginia for the VBSO Wind Quintet (Amber Kidd, flute; Harvey Stokes, oboe; Marvin Western, clarinet; Elizabeth Foushee, bassoon; and Rebecca Robinson, horn). At the time, the VBSO Wind Quintet members were performers also in the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra (now known as Symphonicity).  The work received its premiere by these performers during that year, and was performed subsequently during the 2003 Southeastern Composers League Forum at the University of Georgia by flautist Linda Ramsey, oboist Hannah Wenzka, clarinetist Daniel Gough, hornist Alexander Westberry, and bassoonist Joshua Solomons.

The work articulates a fast-slow-fast attacca architecture, and depends on the dialectic of minor-against-major in the tonal expression of principal material within the outer movements. The slow movement treats an alternating tripartite thematic profile with great freedom, and tonal relations which involve the tritone mark the second theme of the form.

Harvey J. Stokes


Duration of movements:
I. Allegretto                         6′ 56″
II. Larghetto semplice        4′ 44″
III. Allegro                             4′ 18″

Total Duration:             15′ 56″

This work is published by Seesaw/Subito Music of Verona, New Jersey.  A recording of this work can be found on the Centaur Records label (Harvey J. Stokes: The Complete Wind Quintets, Nos. 1-4; CRC 3061).