I’ve always promised myself I would never write a woodwind quintet. I’ve just never liked how the four-woodwinds-plus-horn combo sounds. And there are so many dreadful pieces written for that combination, I didn’t want to add to the pile of dreck.

But deciding what I am going to do is one thing. Life is another.

I just completed a six-minute woodwind quintet called Child’s play, and I’m astonished at how well it works. For an instrumental grouping that previously never appealed to me, it’s amazing how comfortably it has adapted itself to my language.

What’s next? I’m going to have to take another look at that list of things I’ve promised myself I would never do.

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