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Octet (arr Byrd)

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (adapt. Josh Byrd)

General Info

Year: 1792 / 1834 (op. 103) / 2020 (op. 103b)
Duration: c. 29:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maestro and Fox
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $77.00


1. Allegro - 9:55
2. Andante - 6:45
3. Menuetto - 6:05
4. Presto - 5:25


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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Octet for Winds, Op. 103b (1795) serves as a revision from his 1792 octet written in Bonn, Germany. The original Octet in E-flat Major is a work for two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns. He reworked and expanded the material of the Octet in Vienna of 1795 as his first S'tring Quintet, Op. 4. The overall forms of the original movements are expanded by use of compositional devices (excepting the addition of a second trio in the third movement).

It is this expansion, particularly through motivic development, that is most remarkable. New harmonies challenge the ear. Organicism pervades the movements. The current edition allows wind musicians to experience the original harmoniemusik in a new way, with great depth, energy, and connectivity. Josh Byrd, director of bands at the University of West Georgia, adapted Beethoven’s expanded string quintet version for the original octet instrumentation.

- Program Note from University of North Texas Wind Orchestra concert program, 1 April 2021

The Octet in E-flat major by Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 103, is a work for two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns. Beethoven wrote the work in 1792 in Bonn before he established himself in Vienna. He reworked and expanded the Octet in 1795 as his first String Quintet, Op. 4. The Octet was not published until 1834 by Artaria, thus explaining the high opus number despite its date of composition.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Orchestra (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) - 1 April 2021

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