He was a life-long pal of Beethoven's and hung out with Haydn, but flutist Anton Reicha didn't think either of them knew a thing about writing for wind instruments.
"There's a dearth of any good music at all for wind instruments," he complained, "simply because composers know little of their technique."
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Reicha may have been a bit of a whiner, but he was also a man of action and he single-handedly created a new ensemble.
As Haydn was the father of the string quartet, Reicha begat the woodwind quintet.
Today we shine the spotlight on a Music in the Parks concert from 2009 given by the Dorian Quintet of Anton Reicha's Wind Quintet in E-flat.