Reicha: Wind Quintet in D major, Op. 91, No. 3

Wind Quintet in D major, Op. 91, No. 3 (for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon) Published in 1819, when Reicha [Rejcha] was around 49 years of age.  Reicha's output during his Vienna years was prolific and included large semi-didactic cycles of works such as 36 Fugues for piano (in a "new method of fugal writing" which attracted the scorn of Beethoven and anger of Cherubini at the Conservatoire), L'art de varier (a set of 57 variations on an original theme), and exercises for the treatise Practische Beispiele (Practical Examples). During the later Paris period, however, he focused his attention mostly on theory and produced a number of treatises on composition. Works of this period include 25 crucially important wind quintets which are considered the locus classicus of that genre and are his best-known compositions. None of the advanced ideas he advocated in the most radical of his music and writings (not used in the 25 great wind quintets), including polyrhythm, polytonality and microtonal music, were accepted or employed by nineteenth-century composers. Due to Reicha's unwillingness to have his music published (like Michael Haydn before him), he fell into obscurity soon after his death and his life and work have yet to be intensively studied.

 PHOTO [right] Anton Reicha's gravestone at Père Lachaise, Paris


 VIDEO: Anton Reicha Quintet in D Major - Op 91 No.3 Movement 1 EDQ Flute: Jasper Goh Clarinet: Benjamin Wong Oboe: Veda Lin Bassoon: Emerald Chee Horn: Alan Kartik Esplanade Recital Studio 7 AUG 2013