"I wrote the Quintet with two goals in mind: to find some wonderful ways of blending together the sounds of these five widely different instruments, and to connect these sounds somehow with human feelings. There are several sections, all joined together into a continuous excursion. (The whole adventure takes about 23 minutes). Because I like many different kinds of music, each section is in a different style. Some sections sound sort of modern, and some are quite old fashioned. Between sections is a single sustained note, the "A" that musicians use for tuning That note is always changing somehow, often by moving between instruments."
- composer John Steinmetz on his Quintet written in 1984
parts included: flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet in A/Bb, horn in F, bassoon