Topic: Woods in Winter for Soprano, Flute, English Horn, Clarinet and Bassoon

Dear IDRSers,

In February 2012, my Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition premiered one of our several winners that year, "Woods in Winter," a setting of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem by Washington State composer Ray Downey. What is unusual about this piece is the instrumentation: soprano solo, flute, English horn, clarinet and bassoon. I don't think there is anything in the literature written for this combination.

Here is the recording from the premiere performance, with commentary by me and Mr. Downey. The performers are Vera Savage, soprano; Melissa Mielens, flute; Stefani Burk, English horn; Karen Beacham, clarinet; Charles Kaufmann, bassoon: … 121213.mp3

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Since 2007, The Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition has premiered nearly 80 new musical settings of the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For more information, visit

Best wishes,

Charles Kaufmann, IDRS sustaining member

Last edited by Chip Kaufmann (2013-12-12 19:04:23)