Five Frogs for Woodwind Quintet

Five Frogs for Woodwind Quintet allows each of the instruments to tell the story of a frog, from leaping to lazing on a lily pad.

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn
Duration: 14 minutes
Movements: 6


Five Frogs for woodwind quintet (woodwind quintet sheet music) is inspired by One Hundred Frogs by Hiroaki Sato, a little book that takes a look at onestretchingcleaned60 hundred different haikus, sonnets, prose poems, and even limericks based on Bashô’s haiku, “Old Pond/Frog jumps in/The sound of water”. Each of the instruments in the ensemble is so different and so exceptional in their sound and abilities that I realized each one could be one of the frogs from the book. The clarinet is perfect for “Leaping” because of its agility and grace, the way a frog can be still one minute and gone the next. “Catching Bugs” gave me the opportunity to use the piccolo and allow the ensemble to run ‘amuck’ after their bug dinner. Finally in “Epilogue” all the frogs sing together, each one bringing their own musical motive into this final movement.

Five Frogs - sheet music at Five Frogs Windependence Chamber Ensemble, Master Level. By Jenni Brandon. Boosey and Hawkes Chamber Music. Size 9×12 inches. Published by Boosey & Hawkes. (48018979) woodwind quintet sheet music
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This work is recorded on two CDs:

Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano

American Breeze – Musical Arts Quintet of Ball State University