“Little” Fugue in G Minor — J.S. Bach/arr. Roger Stevens
This brilliant arrangement is the cornerstone of Calico Winds, reflecting our aesthetic goals: interesting and beautiful material, artfully performed to reveal a full array of blended tone colors. Recorded on All In One.
D’Rivera highlights several Cuban dances, reinventing the classical medium to incorporate Latin rhythms.
Serenade “Music-Making in the Forest”
This unique work from Danish composer Jersild vividly invokes the stark beauty of nature, with sound images of crystal clear icy landscapes, warm meadows, the excitement of the hunt and frolicking dance.
Three Songs from “Das Knaben Wunderhorn”
Gustav Mahler/arr. T. Cramer
Romanticism at its finest! These charming arrangements preserve the ingenuity of Mahler’s orchestration.
Fireside Tales, Op. 61
Edward MacDowell/arr. Ronald Hess
Calico’s commission of the arrangement of this American piano masterpiece results in remarkably innovative wind writing, both tenderly expressive and dazzlingly virtuosic. Recorded on Vintage America.
Adagio and Allegro, K. 594
W. A. Mozart/arr. Michael Hasel
Written in the last year of his life, Mozart offers touching and dramatic music in the Adagio with all the technical fireworks expected in a mature Mozart Allegro.
Daniel Gregory Mason
A New World composer whose composition echoes the great Old World Romantics. Recorded on Vintage America.
This contemporary Brazilian composer wields both captivating dance and deep expression from a famous haunting melody.
Miniatures and Folk Suite
William Grant Still/arr. Adam Lesnick
Melodious vignettes highlighting the music of the many peoples of the Americas. Recorded on Vintage America.
Rhapsody, Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, a March and a bit of audience participation make these unique hymn settings a fun experience for the audience.
Opus Number Zoo
Combines spoken poetry and music in an imaginative and compelling way, using animal characters to bring to life various aspects of the human condition.
Yeo ho ho! Three kinds of chanteys display a magical variety of sound textures. Recorded on Vintage America.
Very Fast Wind Quintet
A short, rhythmically exciting piece.
An original “Flight of the Bumble Bee” for wind quintet.
A wonderful introduction into the world of atonality, its light and snappy style shows Carter’s jazzy side. Recorded on All In One.
Claude Debussy arr. Eugene Bozza
A delightful companion piece to other pieces using the jazz idiom.
In a quintessential French style, Francaix challenges each member of the quintet with virtuosic writing. This four-movement work is a whirlwind tour of the full ranges of the instruments.
An animated work by a great American composer, this piece is pleasing to both the performers and the listeners.
Masterpiece! Nielsen skillfully uses the colors of the different instruments in this major three movement work. Recorded on All In One.
Quintet, op.88, No. 2
Highly virtuosic both for the individual player and the ensemble this quintet illustrates why Reicha is so well-loved for his wind writing.
La Nouvelle Orleans
This work cleverly juxtaposes classical and jazz styles, while employing spectacular ensemble gestures. It’s a wild ride! Recorded on All In One.
Solo Suite for Wind Quintet
Written for the famous New York Woodwind Quintet, this little-known work shows Wilder at his best.
This award winning composition widens the colors and range of the ensemble by using auxiliary instruments from piccolo to contrabassoon. The movements are humorously entitled: “Before Work”, “Lunch Break” and “During the Commercials”.
Sextet, Op. 6
The influence of Richard Strauss, Thuille’s friend and mentor, is heard beautifully in this wonderful work for piano and winds. Lush harmonies and soaring, haunting melodies shine through the dazzling array of late Romantic color.
The piano joins the wind quintet in this three-movement triumph of French playfulness and lyricism.
Translated as “Youth”, this endearing work expands the traditional wind quintet to include bass clarinet to create a deep and rich tone palate. Czek composer Janacek draws on music from his childhood, with wonderful contrasts of sweet and tender melodies with playful and lively energy.
Sextet for Winds
The evidence of genius is heard throughout this one-movement work written when the composer was 16. Perhaps inspired by the Janacek work of the same instrumentation, the clever counterpoint of Britten’s interweaving motives is mesmerizing.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
The style of this almost chamber-orchestra-scale work sits delightfully between the Classical and Romantic. With sparkling passagework and elegant lines, Spohr’s character-filled writing showcases the virtuosity of every instrument in the ensemble.
An eternally engaging work with sweeping themes and intricate, bubbly technical lines from the ensemble and orchestra, Montano’s Sinfonia Concertante is a thrill to experience from beginning to end. A Calico commission.