Konzertstück for Four Horns (tr Schaefer)

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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann (trans. William A. Schaefer)

This work bears the designation Opus 86.

General Info

Year: 1849 / 1998 / 2013
Duration: c. 20:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Four horns and orchestra
Publisher: Denis Wick Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Lebhaft – 6:30
2. Romanze – 4:30
3. Sehr Lebhaft – 6:20


Full Score
Solo Horn in F I-II-III-IV
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II (optional)
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Robert Schumann's Konzertstück Op. 86, for four horns and orchestra, was written in 1849 and first performed in February 1850 at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. It was written during a period of physical and psychological wellbeing for the composer while he was in a frenzy of creative activity. In addition to his Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, for horn and piano and Five Hunting Songs, Opus 137 for horn quartet and male chorus, Schumann completed nearly 40 works in 1849 alone.

His Konzertstück is one of the first large-scale works to exploit the capabilities of the valve horn, which was becoming more popular than the hand horn in Germany at this time. A virtuosic showpiece for the horn soloists, for many years this work was considered unplayable.

- Program Note from liner notes for CD Concertos for Four Horns, American Horn Quartet


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Schumann, W.; Schaefer, W. (1998). Konzertstuck, op. 86 [score]. Denis Wick Pub.: Milford-on-Sea.