Fantasia in F

From Wind Repertory Project
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (arr. William A. Schaefer)

General Info

Year: 1790 / 1962
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00

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Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Transcriptions for band are not unusual. The resetting of this Mozart fantasia is unique, though, in that it was originally written for a mechanical clock. The three sections (in an ABA pattern) show examples of smoothly flowing lines gently intertwined and, in contrast, the contrapunctal opposition of short, crisp figures -- all giving credence to the contention that Mozart could write for any medium.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Though Mozart himself disparaged this work because of the medium (it was commission for a clockwork organ), it is a true masterwork with all the hallmarks of the late Mozart style. The opening Adagio section is poignant and resigned in mood, featuring highly chromatic harmony and transparent scoring. The succeeding Allegro is heroic and rhythmically energetic, with a hint of Handel. At its climax on the dominant, the Adagio suddenly returns with even greater anguish and bittersweet dissonances, ending softly and sorrowfully.

-Program Note from Music for Concert Band


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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: V


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  • Krienes, J.; Hansbrough, R. (2014). Music for Concert Band: A Selective Annotated Guide to Band Literature. Meredith Music Publications: Delray Beach, Fla.; pp. 109.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 440.
  • Mozart, W.; Schaefer, W. (1962). Fantasia in F [score]. Shawnee: [s.l.]