The Woodwind Quintet n. 1 is a musical example of the fusion of two different cultures: the Italian and the American. The first movement opens with a slow introduction, which presents all the thematic materials of the four movements. It develops with some grotesques themes and convoluted rhythms. The second movement features a lyrical melodic line distributed in a five-part counterpoint. The scherzo is a short and jazzy movement with a rhythmic and driving pulse. The final fugue derives from the previous movements which expand in all possible ways, with augmentation, inversion, and final strettos. The melodic lines are running after each other in a compulsory ending. The composition was written for and dedicated to the Stanford Woodwind Quintet. They premiered it in the Winter of 2005.