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Octet in F Major D 803

By Franz Schubert

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Chamber Ensemble Winds (Clarinet (B-flat/C), Bassoon, Horn (F/C), 2 Violins, Viola; Violoncello, Double Bass)
Composed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Edited by Peter Jost. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. Classical. Paperbound. 158 pages. G. Henle #HN562. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480562).

Item Number: HL.51480562

12.25x9.5 inches.

The model for this composition was Beethoven's Septet op. 20, whose Divertimento character and six-part layout were adopted by Schubert, although he merely expanded the instrumentation by adding a second violin. In a letter he numbered his octet amongst the chamber music works with which he desired to blaze a “path to the great symphony.” It can no longer be ascertained whether the composition was commissioned by Count Ferdinand Troyer, who had a musical salon in Vienna and played the clarinet. We only know that Schubert composed the work at the beginning of 1824, taking only a few weeks to do so and that it was shortly performed at Troyer's afterwards. Today it is one of the most popular larger chamber music works.

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