Clare Shore's Nightwatch for woodwind quintet
Date of completion: November 7, 1983; Approximate Duration: 25:00
Nightwatch was commissioned by the Dakota Wind Quintet in 1983
and premiered by them on January 24, 1984 at Kresge Recital
Hall, Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Patricia Masek, flute; Barry Kroeker, oboe; Kimberly Aseltine,
clarinet; Sally Ann Woodward, horn; and Susan Wood, bassoon.
WASHINGTON POST - "... by far the most provocative was NIGHTWATCH, Clare Shore's
highly impressionistic evocation of the twelve signs of the zodiac. From its fanfare-like
beginning to its quivering, haunting close, the piece covers an immense amount of dramatic
territory. Each section reveals a clear structure and mood; at times Shore's layering and
highlighting of flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and horn is positively orchestral." (Pamela Sommers)
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