Family Portrait

Family PortraitJason Brauer
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Instrumentation

Wind quintet
4 minutes 30 seconds

Duration

2018

Year of composition

Family Portrait for woodwind quintet is my response to Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. My piece consists of five short vignettes that each depict a family member’s personality. In each movement, one instrument takes the lead and acts as a relative’s voice: the flute represents my fun-loving, active sister Eva; the oboe represents my sweet, reserved sister Olivia; the clarinet represents my jack-of-all-trades mother; the bassoon represents my passionate, supportive father; and the horn (my instrument) represents me. The modern American family, like the woodwind quintet, is often scorned for being dysfunctional and broken, but with this piece, I hope to prove that five individuals with completely different characters can form one harmonious whole.