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Konzertstück for Four Horns (tr Schaefer)

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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann (trans. William Schaefer)

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This work bears the designation Opus 86.

General Info

Year: 1849 / 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
Wind Ensemble

(instrumentation desired)


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

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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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.