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Siegess­in­fonie

From Wind Repertory Project
Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (edi­ted by David Whitwell)


General Info

Year: 1813
Duration: c. 6:25
Difficulty: Grade V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Whitwell Books
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (Bass)
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash)
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Fol­low­ing a minor vic­tory, the first of allied troops over Napoleon, the Bat­tle of Vito­ria in Spain on 21 June 1813, Beethoven’s friend Johann Mälzel saw an oppor­tu­nity for a quick box-office suc­cess and talked the com­poser into writ­ing a com­po­si­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing this bat­tle which he could notate on his "mechan­i­cal orches­tra": the pan­har­mon­i­con. Beethoven, how­ever, wrote a com­po­si­tion for large band – an instru­men­ta­tion so large that Mälzel could not build a machine large enough to per­form the music. As an alter­na­tive plan, Beethoven rewrote the Siegess­in­fonie for orches­tra, added a first part and renamed the work, Wellington’s Vic­tory. In this form it was pre­miered in Vienna, together with the pre­miere of the Sym­phony No. 7 and a work per­formed by Mälzel’s mechan­i­cal trumpeter.

The orig­i­nal band com­po­si­tion sur­vives in a pre­sen­ta­tion copy by Beethoven’s copy­ist, with the composer’s cor­rec­tions and a title page entirely in his hand.

-Program Note by David Whitwell


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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