Isenheimer Altar

PUBLISHED ON MAY 4, 2020 — CATEGORIES: creations

This woodwind quintet is an impression on 5 different pictoric elements from the Isenheim Altarpiece, painted by Matthias Grünewald around 1512:

It was composed in 2012, in the context of my composition studies in Vigo. At that point I was interested in the emergence of modernism and its relation to late-romantic music, and also particularly on Messiaen’s music.

The work is centered on these 2 ideas, featuring instrument switches in all 5 voices (to piccolo flute, E flat clarinet, english horn and contrabassoon respectively), and some of the techniques that Messiaen explains in his Technique De Mon Langage Musical, with a touch of funk.

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Sheet music:

Flute part
Oboe part
Clarinet part
Horn part
Bassoon part


Estefanía Fernandez, flute
Santiago Barreira, oboe
Pablo Piñeiro, clarinet
Ángela Freiría, horn
Gonzalo Lemos, bassoon

Movement 1
Movement 2
Movement 3
Movement 4
Movement 5