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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven


This work is in E-flat major and bears the catalog number WoO 25.


General Info

Year: 1793 / [195-?]
Duration: c. 7:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ernst Eulenburg & Co. GmbH
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €9.50


Instrumentation

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


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This modest piece shares with Beethoven’s more substantial wind octet the year of composition, key, and scoring (pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons), and in fact was probably composed originally as an alternate finale for that work. It’s one of many pieces Beethoven composed as “table music” for the court of Maximilian Franz, Elector of Cologne, in whose service he had been since 1784.

In contrast to the energetic octet, this is a mellower work, an andante that begins with a spacious, horn-flavored melody serving as a refrain; it makes two varied and embellished returns, the first with tender filigrees from the non-melody instruments, and the second with lightly witty little flourishes from the oboes and clarinets. In between come two minor-mode episodes, gentle nocturnes; the first features the clarinet in a plaintive little aria, and the second is a substantial duet for the horns. The coda fades into the distance, but not before requiring the horns to play an extended passage alternately unmuted and muted, which must have been a challenge to the players of the time, who had to handstop some notes on their valveless instruments.

- Program Note by James Reel for the Eastman Wind Orchestra concert program, 9 October 2020


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Tkacik, conductor) - 26 March 2021
  • Eastman Wind Orchestra (Rochester, N.Y.) (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) - 9 October 2020
  • Kent State (Ohio) Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds (Jesse Leyva, conductor) – 22 March 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 3 November 2017
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 1 December 2016
  • Metea Valley High School (Aurora, Ill.) Octet 18 February 2013


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