The development of the woodwind quintet

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1969

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The woodwind quintet has come into general favor among performers and listeners during the last century. This paper deals with typical music for woodwind quintet and also details the development of the individual instruments of the ensemble. Formal and stylistic relationships, as exemplified by music for string quartet, which developed earlier than music for woodwind quintet, are compared as of the Classic period, at the end of which the woodwind quintet first came into favor.

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