Please DONATE to help with maintenance and upkeep of the Wind Repertory Project!

Divertimento (Blacher)

From Wind Repertory Project
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Boris Blacher

Boris Blacher

This work bears the designation Opus 7.

General Info

Year: 1936
Duration: c. 5:20
Publisher: Bote & Bock
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $25.00   |   Score Only (print) - $4.00


1. Intrada - c. 2:20
2. March - c. 3:00


Condensed Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Tenorhorn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
Percussion, one player, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Before the war, Blacher was still involved in the professional life and with German military music. The Divertimento was premiered in Berlin on 24 February 1937. The conductor was Felix Husadel, a colleague of Blacher at the Hochschule fur Musik. The band was probably from the Luftwaffenmusikkorps, for at the time Husadel was music inspector for the German Air Force, which was one of very few groups to employ saxophones, instruments generally regarded by the Third Reich as symbols of Western decadence.

The lntrada is a simple rondo, looking back to the tower-music of seventeenth-century middle Europe; a canonic theme is stated on a solo trumpet and imitated by the rest of the orchestra, with a short contrasting phrase marked espressivo. The March is in typical ternary form, a swaggering, jaunty theme with a more lyrical trio section.

- Program Note by Tim Reynish for the liner notes of the 2000 Chandos CD German Wind Band Classics


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) Wind Ensemble (Danny Galyen, conductor) - 15 November 2022

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Blacher, B. (1936). Divertimento for Wind Orchestra (1936) op. 7. [score]. Bote & Back: Berlin.