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For my brother by accident

I just now accidentally stumbled upon this piece by Anton Reicha. While I listened I had a feeling that my brother would enjoy it. The winds, the lightheartedness and playfulness of it.

It’s Reicha’s Octet for string quartet and winds in E flat major Op. 96 – first movement

Reicha’s Octet for string quartet and winds in E flat major Op. 96 – first movement orange_download_button

Bassoon Beethoven Clarinet LONG PLAYING SELECTIONS Mozart Reicha Wind Instruments LONG PLAY

Wind for my Brother

Over the years developing this site my brother has been both my strongest critic, and at the same time my most supportive advocate! We’ve spent a lot of time talking about music and I’ve sent him CD’s and a USB flash drive with the music he likes.

These exchanges comparing our musical tastes came to a head the other day after I sent him the Utube link below. He decided that this genre was his musical manna! – Wind – Just the wind instruments. Quartets, quintets, sextets or a whole bunch at once! (Like Mozart’s piece for 13 wind instruments) The use of exclusively wind instruments has an interesting history. The gist of it seems to be that the patrons of the composers in the 17 and 18 hundreds who weren’t filthy rich! .. some of them could only afford to have a little in-house musical group; and they came to be known as Harmonie. At the same time the article notes that some street musicians of the time played in these ‘wind groups.’

Anyway here in order are: The Utube link to a delightful piece by Beethoven. The Wikipedia article and another much more detailed account of Harmoniemusik.  (* The next day: An important update) And finally  a Long Play selection of all wind lasting an hour and 12 minutes. Enjoy.

A very detailed link about Harmoniemusik

* A friend sent me an alternate version for the Mozart Serenade K361 and my brother and I both agree that’s it’s much better. Unfortunately my friend doesn’t know who it is playing! Anyway it will provide a lovely Intro to the long play.

Mozart’s Serenade For Winds K361 third movement


New Wind Instrument Long Play


Playlist: The first 3 movements of Beethoven’s Sextet for 2 clarinets, 2 French horns and 2 Bassoons

Wind quartet in E flat major (andante grazioso) by Anton Reicha.  Then Reicha‘s Wind quintet #2 in E flat maj. op 88 IV

Then 4 movements from Mozart’s Serenade for 8 wind instruments in E flat maj. KV 375

Followed by Beethoven’s quintet for Oboe, 3 French horns and Bassoon (all 3 movements)

Finally … Mozart’s Serenade K361 “Gran Partita” for 13 wind instruments: third, fourth, fifth and seventh movements.

Franck Henry Purcell Luigi Boccherini More Composers Muzio Clementi Reicha Sammartini

More Composers

In an attempt to broaden the site, I’ve gone searching for those ‘well known’ composers who until now haven’t been on the site. It was a quick and superficial effort to find either their better known works, or those that I felt had a great appeal. Apologies to anyone who knows and appreciates these composers … if my choices were poor ones!

Under the composer name are links to Biographies.

Henry Purcell (10 September 1659 (?)– 21 November 1695)

Slow Air Suite from the Dramatic Music of Purcell

Purcell Slow Air Suite from the Dramatic Music of Purcell

Luigi Boccherini (February 19, 1743 – May 28, 1805) Boccherini

Cello Concerto in B flat major, G. 482 Andante grazioso

Boccherini cello conc. B flat maj. G482 Andante grazioso

Giuseppe Sammartini (6 January 1695 – November 1750)

Concerto grosso in E minor, Op. 3, No. 3 Allegro

Anton Reicha (February 26, 1770 – May 28, 1836)

Wind Quartet In E Flat Major (Andante Grazioso)

Wind Quartet In E Flat Major (Andante Grazioso)

Muzio Clementi 24 January 1752, – 10 March 1832

Gradus ad Parnassum op.44 no. 5

Gradus ad Parnassum op.44 no. 5

Cesar Franck (10 December 1822 – 8 November 1890)

Wanting to include composers who weren’t already on the site, or whose music I didn’t know; or those I thought I didn’t like … I searched for something by Franck that I (and you?) could enjoy. I couldn’t find anything! I suppose I must really dislike his music. So I just picked a piece at random to illustrate why (so far)  I don’t like his music.

The first 3 minutes of Les Dijnns (there is a slight (5 second) delay on this one playing)

Les Djinns, poeme symphonique