St Anthony Divertimento

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (trans. Wilcox)

General Info

Year: 1780-1800 / 1965
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Wind Octet
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


1. Allegro con Spirito
2. St. Anthony Chorale
3. Minuetto
4. Rondo


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Horn in E-flat I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This transcription of a suite for an octet of wind instruments adds a fascinating composition to the repertoire of the modern concert band. Between 1780 and 1800, Haydn wrote, and later revised, this most famous of six Feldpartiten (suites to be played in the open) for the military band of Prince Esterhazy. It was originally for two oboes, two horns, three bassoons, and a serpent -- an obsolete bass cornet built in the shape of a snake. The second movement is an adaptation of an old Austrian pilgrims' song, and was used by Brahms nearly 100 years later as the theme for the Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Opus 56.

Karl Geiringer, in Haydn, A Creative Life in Music, pointed out the close melodic relationships among the four movements: three of them really are variations on the second movement, the St. Anthony Choral. In form and style the four movements follow the traditional classical symphony except that the work is technically unpretentious and comparatively short.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Florida: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, Calif.) Park Band (Michael L. Wirgler, conductor) - 20 July 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Menuetto (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Glover) (1795/2019)
  • Trumpet Concerto (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Ring) (1796/2021)

All Wind Works


  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 275.
  • Haydn, F.; Wilcox, J. (1965). St. Anthony Divertimento [score]. G. Schirmer: New York.