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Sextet (arr. Thompson)

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (trans. Ray Thompson)

This work bears the designation Opus 71

General Info

Year: 1796 / 2020
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ray Thompson Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $19.95


1. Adagio - Allegro (E♭ major) – 9:50
2. Adagio (B♭ major) – 3:40
3. Minuet. Quasi Allegretto - Trio (E♭ major) – 2:45
4. Rondo. Allegro (E♭ major)- 3:40


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
Horn in F/E-flat


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

This work was originally composed in 1796 for two clarinets, two bassoons and two horns in E flat, but has been arranged here for wind quintet.

- Program Note by arranger


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