Reicha was not the first to compose wind quintets, as he believed (see his autobiography): Nikolaus Schmidt and Giuseppe Maria Cambini got there first. However, with his twenty-four wind quintets (four sets of six, opp. 88, 91, 99 and 100), he did play a decisive role in establishing the genre. While remaining fairly Classical in their language, these works offer a kaleidoscope of sound combinations that have lost none of their freshness over the years. We can imagine ourselves listening to these compositions in the foyer of the Salle Favart in Paris when they were played there in the first decade of the nineteenth century.
Wind Quintet Op. 88 No. 2
Wind Quintet Op. 100 No. 5