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Sir Arthur Sullivan When the night wind howls (for Wind Quintet)

A spectral nightride from one of the

slightly darker Savoy Operas...

Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 – 1900), together with the dramatist and librettist Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, created a series of unique operas for Richard D'Oyly Carte’s Savoy Theatre in London, nearly all of which have become famous across the globe.

‘Ruddigore’ deals with bridesmaids and ghostly family ancestors, the latter of which reside in their portraits until the moment they step out from the canvas and take a rather bewildered leading man for a swift nightride. The rest is just too convoluted to explain!

This arrangement does not try to reproduce the brilliant orchestral textures of Sullivan’s original, but rather has a bit of fun on its own terms. Some of the writing may prove a little ‘bracing’ to play, making this a thorough workout for the whole quintet. You may even sense the ghosts of Wagner and Mahler in the final section…


Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

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