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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven


This work bears the designation Opus 71


General Info

Year: 1796 / 1810
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edition Peters
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $38.50;

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Movements

1. Adagio - Allegro (E♭ major) – 9:50
2. Adagio (B♭ major) – 3:40
3. Minuet. Quasi Allegretto - Trio (E♭ major) – 2:40
4. Rondo. Allegro (E♭ major)- 3:40


Instrumentation

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


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Sextet in E flat major, Op. 71, scored for pairs of clarinets, horns and bassoons, was written in 1796, a further example of Beethoven’s interest in wind instruments at this time.

The first movement starts with a slow ten-bar introduction, after which the clarinet leads into the first subject of a sonata-allegro movement. The second movement is a B flat major Adagio, led initially by the first bassoon, and the Minuet, marked Quasi allegretto, is started by the horns, with a Trio in which the second clarinet enters in imitation of its fellow. The work ends with a lively Rondo, with duly contrasting episodes.

- Program Note from liner notes of Naxos CD Beethoven: Music for Winds


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