Cork Pine Suite (2007)

Cork Pine Suite for woodwind quintet

My mother plays in a woodwind quintet based out of Vassar, Michigan, and the group is starting to develop a nice local reputation. She talked to me about writing a piece for the group, and since Vassar's "claim to fame" is being the Cork Pine City, that seemed an appropriate title. The suite is in five movements, with each movement focusing on one instrument in the ensemble. Each instrument is allowed a chance to shine melodically in "Sunrise on the Farm," "The Rubber Duck Race," "Friday Night at the Band Shell," "Wind in the Pines," and "The Great Pumpkin Roll."

(Available from the composer)