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Octet Partita (Krommer)

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Franz Krommer

Franz Krommer


General Info

Year: 1806
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Movements

1. Allegro vivace – 5:10
2. Minuetto: Presto – 4:25
3. Adagio: Andante cantabile – 4:25
4. Alla polacca – 4:30


Instrumentation

Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Krommer wrote several collections of string quartets and quintets, rivaling Beethoven's chamber works, as well as chamber pieces for wind instruments. In the late eighteenth century, the concept of the wind band, or harmoniemusik, was born. Viennese aristocrats hired professional wind players (oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns) in order for this unique form of musical entertainment.

In response to the Viennese requests for more wind band literature, Krommer composed several collections for chamber ensemble, including 13 octet partitas. In 1806, Krommer composed his first octet-partita, also known as Harmonie, Op. 57 in F major, divided into four contrasting movements.

After the first collection was published, Krommer's octets became highly sought after within the Viennese court music community. Krommer's unique style combined the simplicity and formal structure of the gallant tradition with hints of Romantic elements. Krommer used his "idiomatic writing" to smoothly intersperse each instrumental voice. Krommer's style is characterized by "repeated passages with great inventiveness, staccato arpeggios figures, scoring in extreme registers, and difficult passages requiring virtuoso performance". Krommer's innovations, use of tone colors, and creation of musical effects all served as stepping stones in order to bridge the gap between Classical tradition and new Romantic ideas.

- Program Note from Fandom


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