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Divertimento in E-flat for Wind Octet

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Gordon Jacob

Gordon Jacob

General Info

Year: 1968 / 2000
Duration: c. 12:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Rara
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $27.40


1. March – 3:20
2. Sarabande on a Ground – 4:15
3. Rondo – 4:55


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gordon Jacob’s Divertimento in E-flat was written in 1968 for a wind octet. Jacob was known to test the capabilities of the instruments he composed for, and this is present in this piece, especially in the horn parts.

The piece opens in the first movement with a lively march. This movement features many chromatic 16th-note passages and helps exhibit a playful nature of the piece. The second movement is titled Sarabande on a Ground. A sarabande is a Spanish dance that is characterized by its triple meter. This movement is marked as adagio throughout and features a solo line in the horn section that is present in the entire movement. Every part plays this main melody at least once throughout the movement.

The final movement is a rondo. This movement features a playful melody that is passed throughout the instruments. This movement features a quasi-cadenza in the horn at the end that gives the horns the ability to show their technical prowess.

- Program Note by Michael Carrasquillo for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble concert program, 14 November 2020

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • New York: Mixed Woodwind Octet VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Fay, Matthew William. Gordon Jacob: A Background and Study of His Works for Wind Octet. 2010. Florida State University, DMA dissertation.
  • Jacob, G. (1969). Divertimento in E Flat for Wind Octet : 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns [score]. Musica Rara: London.