Little Symphony for Winds

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert (trans. Verne Reynolds)

General Info

Year: 1817-1818 / 2003
Duration: c. 19:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.99


1. Allegro Moderato – 5:00
2. Adagio – 5:55
3. Allegro – 4:15
4. Allegro Giusto – 4:50


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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The classic wind octet consisted of pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. In this Little Symphony, two flutes have been included to provide a wider range and more brilliant top to the ensemble. The first three movements are from the Funf Klavierstucke (1818) and the fourth movement is from the piano four-hand version of the Overture in Italian Style in C (1817). The music is gentle, good natured, and rich in the familiar Schubertian qualities of graceful melodic invention and harmonic elegance.

- Program Note from publisher

The Little Symphony for Winds is an arrangement of four movements derived from two Schubert works: three movements came from the Sonata in E Minor and the other originated as the allegro in Overture in C Major. Both works had a peculiar history. The Sonata, composed in 1816, remained unpublished during Schubert's lifetime. Its movements later became disconnected and were published separately between 1848 and 1929. Kathleen Dale reconstructed the sonata and published the entire work for the first time in 1948. The overture appeared in May 1817 as an orchestral work "in the Italian style," both an imitation and parody of Rossini. Schubert transcribed the overture for piano four hands, a common practice of the day.

- Program Note from liner notes of Elf CD Wind Songs


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) - 31 October 2022
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Lauren Visel, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Symphony (Caroline Hand, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (Michael Carrasquillo, conductor) - 14 November 2020
  • University of Denver (Colo.) Lamont Wind Ensemble Nicholas Pierce, conductor) - 12 October 2020
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 1 March 2020
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Chamber Winds (Danny Santos, conductor) – 3 December 2019
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Chamber Winds (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 21 October 2019
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band Chamber Winds (Christine Lundahl, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Band (Ray Velazquez, conductor) – 30 October 2017
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 14 March 2017
  • University of Michigan ensemble (J. Nick Smith, conductor) – 19 September 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Perusal score
  • Schubert, F.; Reynolds, V. (2003). Little Symphony for Winds [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: New York.