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FANTASY IN F MINOR K 608 WOODWIND QUINTET

FANTASY IN F MINOR K 608 WOODWIND QUINTET

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These two extraordinary works of late Mozart, KV 594 and KV 608, were both composed to fulfill a commission for a memorial exhibit in Vienna, tobe played in a “mechanical clock organ.” The term “fa ntasy” or “fantasia” came to be affixed to these workslater, and is more descriptive and less cumbersome than the term Mozart listed in his own catalogue, “Ein Stüke für ein Orgelwe rk in ein Uhr.” They are also variously titled “Adagio und Allegro in f für ein Orgelwerk” and “Allegro und Andante(Fantasie in f) für eine Orgelwaltze.”

The first of t hese, composed between the monumental String Quintet in D and the Piano Concerto in Bb KV 595, is an A-B-A form, comprised of an f minor Adagio opening and closing, with a contrapuntal Allegro at its heart. KV 608 ismore complicated, opening with an f minor section reminiscent of a Fren ch Overture, followed by a fugue in f minor, then an Andante aria, followed by a return to the opening and then a more complex version of the fugue.

Despite the frustration that Mozart expressed (in a letter to Constanze) with the sound world of these mechanical devices, KV 594 and 608 are remarkable works which stand at an intersection, incorporatingwhat he learned about counterpoint studying at the foot of Bach, while looking ahead to the emotional and harmonic poignancy of Schubert.

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Publisher Southern Music Co.
Series The New York Woodwind Quintet Library Series
Pages 18(07)
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Instrument Bassoon|Clarinet|French Horn|Flute|Oboe
Category Woodwind
SubCategory1 Ensembles
SubCategory2
Medium Score/Parts
ISBN13 9781581062052
ISBN13 1581062052
Dimensions 304x228