Woodwind Quintet, Suite for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn (1957)

Overture – Waltz – Children’s Song – March – Meriva (Quarrel) – Hora

Recorded by the Woodwind Quintet of the Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra) in 1957.

Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn

Duration: 10 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Marc Lavry’s Woodwind Quintet consists of 6 short movements that demonstrate the composer’s masterful orchestration ability for each individual instrument and his talent for melding them into a beautiful ensemble.

The music is lively and full of humor. The themes of four of the six movements are based on popular Israeli and Jewish songs – a common practice of the composer.

  • Overture – Allegretto: A lively exposition of the instruments
  • Waltz – Moderato: Based on “Margariteclech”, a Yiddish song that became the known Hebrew song “Rakefet” (Cyclamen)
  • Children’s Song – Andante Grazioso: In this movement Lavry used one of his children’s songs — Parpar Aviv (Spring Butterfly)
  • March – Allegro Scherzando: Here Lavry incorporated a melody that his youngest daughter, Varda, “composed” to the lyrics of the popular children’s poem “Bo elai parpar nechmad” (Come to me, nice butterfly) by Fania Bergstein
  • Meriva (Quarrel) – Allegro Furioso: A furious quarrel that ends peacefully
  • Hora – Allegro Vivo: Leverages one of the composer’s most popular Hora dances; a quintessential Lavry finale

Anecdote: For an unknown reason, Marc Lavry did not record the Woodwind Quintet in his opus book and it is therefore lacking the opus number. But because the original recording is from 1957 we assume the composition was written the same year.
Lavry gave the original sheet music to the Woodwind Quintet of the Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra) but unfortunately, as often happened, he didn’t keep a copy of the parts. The sheet music was lost, and only the recording and the draft outline remained. In 2011 Dor Fischer, a young musician from Haifa, Israel, reconstructed the sheet music from the recording for the Marc Lavry Heritage Society.

 

Performances:

Salute Concert to Marc Lavry
June 17, 2012 8:30PM concert at the Enav Center in Tel-Aviv
Woodwind Quintet, Suite for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn will be performed by
The Official Woodwind Quintet of the Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem:
Oshrat Dadon, Flute
Jose Cordero Cortes, Oboe
Yevgeni Karelin, Clarinet
Isaac Leyva Brenes, Bassoon
Adrian Arroyo Solis

8 Responses to Woodwind Quintet, Suite for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn (1957)
  1. Raanan
    June 25, 2013 | 6:33 am

    This is the recording from the special concert and not a recording from 1957 as listed.

  2. Raanan
    June 25, 2013 | 6:33 am

    Modern recording,not the 1957 recording.

    • Orie
      June 26, 2013 | 10:11 am

      Dear Raanan,

      We are quite confident that this is a recording from 1957. It was taken from old tapes from Kol Israel that were labeled with the year.

      While the label on the tape indicated the year and the orchestra whose 5 members are playing in the recording, it was missing the names the actual performers. If you or anybody else have any additional information about it we’d be delighted to include it.

      Best,

      Orie

  3. Jan
    March 21, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    Dear friends,

    It is wonderfull music, I love it. As we have amateur woodwind quintet, it would be big pleasure to play this music. Is there any chance to reach the score and parts?

    Thank you very much for your help and nice weekend,

    Jan

    • Orie
      March 21, 2014 | 4:05 pm

      Dear Jan,

      The sheet music for Marc Lavry’s Woodwind Quintet is available.
      Please email us at music@marclavry.org for more information.

      Thanks,

      Orie

  4. Jayne Mills
    February 7, 2015 | 10:40 am

    It’s a beautiful tone. Truly love it <3

  5. Rosalind Woolley
    January 14, 2018 | 1:21 am

    I love this music and would love to purchase a copy of the sheet music [parts and score}

    • Orie
      January 14, 2018 | 11:44 am

      Dear Rosalind,

      The sheet music for Marc Lavry’s Woodwind Quintet is available.
      Please email music@marclavry.org for more information.

      Thanks,

      Orie

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