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Serenade No 11 in Eb

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (ed. Frederick Fennell)


This work bears the designation K. 375.


General Info

Year: c. 1781 / 1791 / 1995
Duration: c. 24:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Wind sextet
Publisher: LudwigMasters, through Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Movements

1. Allegro maestoso – 7:55
2. Menuetto – 4:05
3. Adagio – 6:45
4. Menuetto – 2:55
5. Allegro – 3:40


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

The Serenade No. 11 for Winds in E-flat major, K. 375, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on 15 October 1781 for St Theresa's day. The original version of the serenade is scored for six players: two clarinets, two horns, and two bassoons. Mozart later revised the score to add parts for two oboes

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Mozart composed the Serenade in E-flat major during a busy period in his career. He moved to Vienna in 1781, and he began to establish himself as a virtuosic keyboardist, teacher, and composer. He published chamber works, and his opera Die Einführung aus dem Serail premiered in 1781 to great acclaim. During 1782–84, Mozart wrote at least three major serenades for harmoniemusik, which suggests there was both demand and availability of accomplished musicians. After the emperor formed an octet of pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns as his harmoniemusik, this instrumentation became the most common in Vienna.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his Serenade in E-flat, K. 375 first as a sextet for clarinets, bassoons, and horns in 1791, and then revised his composition as an octet a year later. Mozart composed the version of K. 375 for sextet for the sister-in-law of the Viennese court painter Josef von Hickel. According to a letter that Mozart wrote to his father, his new composition was “roundly applauded” following its premiere and performed three times that day. In July of the following year, Mozart orchestrated it as an octet, likely to meet a deadline to compose for Prince Liechtenstein’s recently formed wind band.

The five-movement work begins with a stately Allegro in sonata form. The middle movement, an Adagio that sounds very much like an instrumental version of an opera aria, is presented between two minuets. The composition closes with a brisk Finale marked allegro. Today the Serenade in E-flat, K. 375 is considered an exemplary Classical era composition for wind octet.

- Program Note by Katherine Brucher for DePaul Wind Ensemble concert program, 4 March 2022


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Ensemble I (Cliff Colnot, conductor) - 4 March 2022


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Resources

  • Mozart, W.; Fennell, F. (1996). Serenade No. 11 in E♭ : ca. 1781 Vienna, K.375 [score]. Ludwig Music Pub.: Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Serenade No. 11 (Mozart). Wikipedia Accessed 4 March 2022