During the 10 years of their existence, quintett.wien have played nearly the complete repertoire for wind quintet.
The classical instrumentation (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon), which is also called "harmony music" due to the combination of woodwind and brass instruments, has been established since the 17th century. Originally, mostly dance music and arrangements of arias from popular operas were performed in this formation. It was mainly in England and France that wind quintets became an important part of the musical culture at court. The most popular compositions are those by Antonin Rejcha, a contemporary of Beethoven, and his pupil Franz Danzi.
Whilst the genre of wind quintets was repressed by the increasing popularity of string and piano chamber music during the 19th century, it celebrated a come back at the beginning of the 20th century. Composers such as Arnold Schönberg, Carl Nielsen, Claude Taffanel, August Klughardt, Hans-Erich Apostel, Alexander Zemlinsky, György Ligeti, Darius Milhaud wrote pieces for wind quintet. Among the compositions of recent times are such by Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Gottfried von Einem, Kurt Schwertsik, Gerd Kühr and Werner Pirchner.
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