Symphony No. 5 (arr. Hovey)

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Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert (arr. Nilo Hovey)

This work bears the designation D. 485

General Info

Year: 1816 / 1970
Duration: c. 33:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chamber orchestra
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

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1. Allegro (1797-1828) - 7:00
2. Andante con Moto
3. Menuetto and Trio, Allegro molto - 6:25
4. Allegro vivace - 6:55


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-XIII
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Composed in September and October 1816, listeners will hear the influence of Mozart. Written near the end of his early period, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 is considered the best of his early six symphonies. It is characterized by an abundance of melody, a wealth of spontaneity, structural perfection, and lyrical predominance.

Nilo Hovey developed outstanding bands in Hammond, Indiana, where he taught from 1926 to 1944. He was then named Director of the Concert Band at Butler University (Mr. Curry’s alma mater), where he remained until 1957. He began a long association with Selmer as Educational Director. Hovey was a prolific composer and arranger for Rubank.

- Program Note from Eastern Mennonite University Wind Ensemble concert program, 24 April 2021

Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 5 in B♭ major, D. 485, was written mainly in September 1816 and completed on October 3, 1816. It was finished six months after the completion of his previous symphony.

The work is scored for one flute, two oboes, and two bassoons, along with two horns in B-flat and E-flat and strings. Of all of Schubert's symphonies, it is scored for the smallest orchestra. It is the only one of his symphonies which does not include clarinets, trumpets or timpani as part of the instrumentation.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

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