Partita in E-flat

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (ed. Cliff Colnot)

General Info

Year: 1760-1767 /
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: String chamber ensemble
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Allegro Assai
2. Cantabile
3. Menuetto Allegretto
4. Allegro non troppo


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


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Among Haydn’s many notable achievements as a composer are his contributions to the chamber music repertoire. Chief among these are his 68 string quartets, a genre that Haydn pioneered. In addition, Haydn’s chamber music output encompasses an array of other instrumentations that were available to him during his tenure as Kapellmeister for the Esterházy court, including piano trios, string trios and works for strings, winds or a mixture of both in pieces such as his divertimenti.

This Partita, with its variety of movements, elegance of form and witty character, belongs to this genre. The four movements of this piece generally outline the pattern that became typical of the Classical symphony or string quartet. The first movement is an economical sonata-allegro form, with Haydn’s characteristic use of unexpected silences and rhythmic syncopations. The lyrical second movement proceeds at a moderate pace and has many expressive moments that feature the individual colors of the oboe, clarinet and bassoon. The third movement is a charming minuet and trio, while the finale is a vivacious ternary form of a type often used by Haydn in his sonatas and symphonies.

- Program Note by Christopher Jones for DePaul University Wind Ensemble concert program, 8 October 2021


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Cliff Colnot, conductor) - 8 October 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Menuetto (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Glover) (1795/2019)
  • Trumpet Concerto (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Ring) (1796/2021)

All Wind Works


  • Genevieve Beaulieu, personal correspondence, December 2021