Robert Lemay du simple au double - Printed version
For reed quintet (Oboe, Clarient, Alto Saxophone,Bass Clarinet and Bassoon)
The title can be translated as “From single to double” OR “ratio of one to two”.
Written for the Belgian reed quintet Woodwork Reed Quintet, the piece was premiered in Antwerp in November 2022.
The title refers to two things. First, the instrumentation. The instruments of this ensemble are single reeds (clarinets, saxophone) and double reeds (oboe and bassoon).
Second, the form of the piece. The work is a broad accelerando that gradually builds from quarter note=72 to quarter note=144.The metronomic speed of the last section is twice that of the beginning of the piece. From single to double. And the coda is at quarter note=36, half the initial tempo.