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Five Diversions

Five Diversions
arr. for Wind Quintet
Date of composition April 1990
Opus number 1b
Type of work Concert music
Duration 13½ mins
Musical forces Wind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon)
Publisher Edizioni Bèrben
Notes A rescoring for wind instruments of Four Diversions for Piano, original op. 1 and A Little Waltz from Two Waltzes, op. 8; movements are: 1. Vacilación (Habañera); 2. The Lake at Evening; 3. The Girl with the Auburn Hair; 4. Twilit Willows; 5. A Little Waltz; dedicated to the memory of May Parker, who had taught the teenaged Carey Blyton piano and thus fired his interest in music


The Five Diversions are an arrangement for Wind Quintet of earlier works. The music is peaceable, subtly textured and blessed. The sequence ends with a Little Waltz which is dedicated to Blyton’s piano teacher of his teenage years. It would go well in concert with Ibert’s Trois Pièces Brèves.

Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International, December 2016