Suite in B-flat (Strauss)

From Wind Repertory Project
Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss

This work bears the designation Opus 4.

General Info

Year: 1884
Duration: c. 24:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edwin F. Kalmus and Co., Inc, through Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Parts Only - $45.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


1. Praeludium - 6:50
2. Romanze - 6:10
3. Gavotte - 4:20
4. Introduction und Fuge - 7:20


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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Suite in Bb for thirteen instruments, Op. 4 (1884) was commissioned by Hans von Bülow and was premiered in Munich on November 18, 1884, with Strauss conducting the Meiningen Orchestra. Hans von Bülow had met the young composer in the winter of 1883-84 and subsequently conducted Strauss’s Serenade in Eb for thirteen instruments, Op. 7 (1881) with the Meiningen Orchestra in Berlin. The success of this work led von Bulow to commission Strauss for a work for the same set of instruments. The premiere performance, conducted by the composer without a rehearsal with the orchestra, was the first major performance in which Strauss conducted and effectively "jump started" his musical career.

Praeludium is based upon the triplet rhythm first heard in the opening measure. In contrast is an oboe solo in m. 46 which contains an ascending minor second that later on in the movement acts as a motif. Romanze begins with a clarinet cadenza-like passage followed by a plaintive melody. Contrasted with this are heroic solos in the horn and bassoon. Gavotte is loosely based on the dance originating from Bretagne of the same name. Introduction und Fuge begins with the plaintive melody from the second movement. The fugue is in ABA form with the main theme starting in the first horn.

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) Symphony Band Chamber Winds (Alexander Scott, conductor) - 28 January 2024
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Scatterday, conductor) - 11 October 2023
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble (Paula Holcomb, conductor) - 16 November 2022
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Wind Ensemble (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 7 December 2021
  • University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnachan, conductor) - 23 May 2021
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Lauren Reynolds, conductor) - 11 May 2021
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) - 17 April 2021
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Chamber Winds - 18 December 2020
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Studies Chamber Winds (Andrew Traschel, conductor) - 18 November 2020
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor) - 10 November 2020
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) - 31 October 2020
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 12 March 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 17 February 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 2 February 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Cory Near, conductor) – 3 December 2017
  • Harding University (Searcy, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Mike Chance, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 19 May 2017
  • Lynn Conservatory of Music (Boca Raton, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Amis, conductor) – 14 January 2012
  • Florida State University Chamber Winds (Richard Clary, conductor) - 10 November 2008

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