This woodwind quintet arrangement of selections from Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was originally commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score educational outreach program for performance in their workshops about the Rite. The idea was to take Stravinsky’s 35 minute work for a huge orchestra and condense it into a 10 to 12 minute piece for woodwind quintet, capturing the essence of the work and highlighting the ingenious ways in which Stravinsky uses woodwind instruments. In the summer of 2010, Imani Winds commissioned me to expand the arrangement by another 8 minutes. It was a thrilling opportunity to delve into this monumental piece, to figure out how it works, and how I could condense and re-imagine it without losing its fundamental qualities. The score and parts are published by Potenza Music, and Imani Winds has released a recording of it on EMI.