Making a Musical Difference

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Octet in F Major

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

The oboe and chamber ensemble sample performed is from the Allegro movement of Schubert’s 1813 octet.

In August 1813 Schubert occupied himself by working on the Octet in F major for wind instruments; however, it was abandoned before its completion. This was attributed to taking on work composing other symphonic material about the same and completion of the Octet was a matter of secondary importance.

Only two movements of the 1813 Octet in F were ever finished: the minuet and the finale. A first movement Allegro (cataloged as D.72a) is just a fragment, and there is no trace of a slow movement. It is scored for two oboes, two clarinets, two horns, and two bassoons.

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