Sunday, August 29, 2004

Woodwind Quintet

A woodwind quintet is a group of five performers playing reeded instruments. It's just that simple!

HA...I bet you thought I was going to stop there huh? Well, of course not!

Obviously as the name suggests, a wind instrument usually consists of clarinets, oboes, bassoons, etc. Only now this group is no longer made up of only wood bodied instruments. Flutes, piccolos, and saxophones have also been added to this group. Although early wood bodied instruments like the cornett and the serpent, are not regarded as woodwinds anymore because they are lip vibrated. All however vary their pitch by the same method: all have side holes that can be covered or left open to vary the effective length of the tube.

Source: The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, 4th ed.