wind quintet

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wind quintet. Composition for five wind instr., or the performers who play it. Usual combination is fl., ob., cl., bn., and hn., but there are several exceptions ( Elgar's were written for 2 fl. and no hn.). Among composers of wind quintets are Reicha, Danzi, Schmitt, Françaix, Carter, Milhaud, Nielsen, Fricker, Henze, Gerhard, Stockhausen, and Schoenberg.