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Suite in B-flat (Strauss)

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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss


This work bears the designation Opus 4.


General Info

Year: 1884
Duration: c. 23:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edwin F. Kalmus and Co, Inc
Cost: Parts Only - $45.00   |   Score Only - $25.00

Movements

1. Praeludium
2. Romanze
3. Gavotte
4. Introduction und Fuge


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Bb Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Horn in Bb I-II


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Suite in Bb for thirteen instruments, Op. 4 (1884) was commissioned by Hans von Bülow and was premiered in Munich on November 18, 1884, with Strauss conducting the Meiningen Orchestra. Hans von Bülow had met the young composer in the winter of 1883-84 and subsequently conducted Strauss’s Serenade in Eb for thirteen instruments, Op. 7 (1881) with the Meiningen Orchestra in Berlin. The success of this work led von Bulow to commission Strauss for a work for the same set of instruments. The premiere performance, conducted by the composer without a rehearsal with the orchestra, was the first major performance in which Strauss conducted and effectively "jump started" his musical career.

Praeludium is based upon the triplet rhythm first heard in the opening measure. In contrast is an oboe solo in m. 46 which contains an ascending minor second that later on in the movement acts as a motif. Romanze begins with a clarinet cadenza-like passage followed by a plaintive melody. Contrasted with this are heroic solos in the horn and bassoon. Gavotte is loosely based on the dance originating from Bretagne of the same name. Introduction und Fuge begins with the plaintive melody from the second movement. The fugue is in ABA form with the main theme starting in the first horn.

- Notes from Great Music for Wind Band


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Winds (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 12 March 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Caroline Hand, conductor) – 17 February 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 2 February 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Cory Near, conductor) – 3 December 2017
  • Harding University (Searcy, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Mike Chance, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 19 May 2017
  • Lynn Conservatory of Music (Boca Raton, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Amis, conductor) – 14 January 2012
  • Florida State University Chamber Winds (Richard Clary, conductor) - 10 November 2008


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