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For Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon.
This piece opens with an intoning of a series of seven notes F F# Eb (F) E A B, each serving as the pitch center for the following set of variations, The intervals of the "theme" are used to generate vertical and horizontal sonorities. The form is a modified palindrome. The variations share similar styles with their complimentary pairings:
I - VII
II - VI
III - V
The fourth variation is a nested palindrome standing alone without a pairing.
This quintet is a reworking of a 1967 piece for piano solo.
duration: c, 7:30