Woodwind quartet

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A woodwind quartet, sometimes casually called wind quartet, is an ensemble of four woodwind instruments, or music written for four instruments. The usual scoring is flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon.[1]

The instruments in a woodwind quartet usually have different ranges that allow for rich harmonies with high and low tones.[2] Since these four instruments are from different subgroups of the instrument family, wind quartet music has timbral variety from each instrument's resonance.

In addition to its use as a chamber ensemble, the woodwind quartet may function as a concertino group in a concerto grosso. Examples are the Quadruple Concerto for woodwind quartet and orchestra (1935) by Jean Françaix, and the Concerto Grosso for woodwind quartet and wind ensemble (1959) by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Paul Hindemith added a harp to the woodwind quartet in his Concerto for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, harp, and orchestra (1949).

Woodwind quartet repertoire[edit]

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21st century[edit]

Notable wind quartets[edit]

  • Tetrawind[3]
  • BHS wind quartet[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Susan J. Maclagan, A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist (Lanham, MD; Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press, 2009): 142. ISBN 978-0-8108-6728-4.
  2. ^ Anon., "What Is a Woodwind Quartet?", WiseGeek.com (accessed 26 May 2015).[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ https://sites.google.com/site/tetrawind/
  4. ^ http://amightywindquartet.com/