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A quintet (from Italian quintetto to quinto or Latin quintus : "fifth") is generally a group of five and especially in music a group of five performers or a piece of music for such a group. In contrast to the vowel quintet, the instrumental quintet was also called "quintuor" in the past.

The use and characteristics of the quintet in classical music are similar to that of the quartet . The usual casts have emerged:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven each composed a quintet for solo piano and woodwind. Kalevi Aho wrote quintets in unusual formations, including "flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello" and "alto saxophone, bassoon, viola, cello and double bass". Composers such as Joseph Martin Kraus , Anton Reicha , Alberto Ginastera , Jean Françaix , Yun I-sang and Walter Piston each wrote a quintet for flute and string quartet. Graham Waterhouse composed quintets for woodwind instrument and string quartet.

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