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About the piece
The title of the piece is a multi-layered pun: First (and perhaps painfully obvious) is that it’s a demanding work for woodwinds.
But more significantly, the title refers to the fact that the piece was composed while at the MacDowell Colony, located in the woods of New Hampshire. I was surrounded by hardwood trees for five weeks in the autumn, during the entire change from deep, lush greens through the explosion of colors of "peak" and then the dropping of the leaves. How could one not be moved and inspired by this transformation and the magnificent yellows, oranges, red, purples, and beautiful browns and earth-tones?
However, the piece is in no way a literal tone-poem attempting to portray this in sound, but rather a personal, musical refraction of my weeks in the hardwoods.
About the International Joint Wind Quintet Project (JWQP)
The Joint Wind Quintet Project was created by the ICA (International Clarinet Association), the IDRS (International Double Reed Society), the IHS (International Horn Society), and the NFA (National Flute Association) to foster the creation of new works for the chamber combination which unites the four organizations: the wind quintet. After over a year of negotiations to bring the four organizations into agreement on the shape and form of this joint endeavor, the JWQP sponsored an international competition to commission a new wind quintet, premiered at the 2012 conventions of the four societies.
About the ComposerLansing McLoskey has been described as "a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear" by the American Composers Orchestra, "an engaging, gifted composer writing smart, compelling and fascinating music" by Gramophone Magazine, and "a distinctive voice in American music.” His music has an emotional intensity that appeals to academic and amateur alike, defying traditional stylistic pigeonholes.
McLoskey’s music has been performed in fourteen countries on six continents, and has won more than two dozen national and international awards, most recently the prestigious Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the International Music PrizeTM for Excellence in Composition 2011, and the 2011 Chatham Baroque Prize. In 2009 he became the only composer in the 45 year history of the ISU New Music Festival to win both the chamber music and orchestral composition awards; both blind-juried national competitions with two independent panels. Recent performances include premieres in Italy, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Miami, and Melbourne, Australia, and performances at twelve music festivals in the past year alone, including at the 2011 soundSCAPE Festival in Italy, where he was the Composer-in-Residence.
Associate Professor at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, his music is released on Albany, Wergo Schallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, and Beauport Classics.
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PRESS ABOUT LANSING McLOSKEY:
— Lawrence A. Johnson, Gramophone Magazine, Oct. 2008
"Lansing McLoskey composes music that is keenly heard and deeply felt. His music reveals a remarkable sensitivity…resulting in works of emotional intensity. Avoiding any allegiance to “isms” he has developed a unique musical voice which is clear and distinctive."
– The American Academy of Arts and Letters, on the occasion of his receiving the 2011 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship.
"Lansing McLoskey’s is a distinctive voice in present day American music."
– Carlos María Solare. The Journal of the American Viola Society, Spring 2009.
– Benjamin Faris. The Saxophone Symposium, May 2009.
– Elizabeth Perten, Boston Musical Intelligencer, April 7, 2009.
–Thomas Hall, Journal of the American Viola Society
“…A major talent...and a deep
thinker with a great ear.”
–American Composers Orchestra press release