Woodwind Quintet : O llama de amor viva

Joelle Wallach

About this work:

The subtitle of Joelle Wallach's Woodwind Quintet, "O llama de amor viva" (Oh, living flame of love), is the first line of a poem by the Spanish mystic, Saint John of the Cross.  The music depicts fire's gentle flicker and sudden conflagration as metaphor for the varying intensity of consuming spiritual love.  The brief rising phrase each instrument breathes in the short slow introduction is a single, graceful lick of flame.  As the piece progresses through rapid changes of tempo, texture and mood, the phrases ignite, flaring together or blazing separately, creating climaxes, flashing toward a final flushed moment of glowing repose.

Year composed: 1987
Duration: 00:10:00
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Woodwind Quintet
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn in F
Instrumentation notes: fl, ob, cl, hn, bn

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