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Victor Ewald

Victor Ewald (arr. Allen)

This work bears the designation Opus 5.

General Info

Year: 1902(?) / 1912 / 2006
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Art of Sound
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $30.00; (digital) - $30.00


1. Moderato, con moto
2. Adagio, Allegro vivace
3. Allegro moderato


Full Score
E-flat Trumpet
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For many years Ewald’s four quintets were considered to be the first original pieces composed specifically for an ensemble which is recognizable today as essentially the modern brass quintet -- consisting of two treble, valved instruments, one alto, one tenor and one bass. A recent discovery of 12 four-movement brass quintets, thought to have been written in the 1840s by the French composer Jean François Bellon, show that Ewald was not actually the unwitting pioneer he was long thought to be. However, the popularity of his quintets has in no way diminished because of this. Both Bellon and Ewald wrote music that displayed the increased virtuosity and homogeneity possible as a result of developments in brass instrument design and manufacture in the second half of the 19th century.

There is no documented evidence of exactly for whom Ewald composed his quintets, or the exact instruments on which he envisaged them being performed.

For many years it was wrongly thought that Ewald was the composer of only one quintet, his Op. 5 in B flat minor, because this was the only one published (by Edition Belaïeff in 1912) during his lifetime. The discovery of the other three works was due to the tireless research of André M. Smith.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Whitman College (Walla Walla, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Gemberling, conductor; Idaho Brass Quintet/Septet) – 12 November 2017

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