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Ludwig van Beethoven Marsch WoO29 (for Wind Quintet)

A minor work by a major composer,

with a nod towards the Orient...

When not composing all the mighty works for which he is known, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) also produced some great little potboilers for Harmonie, the German word denoting a small wind ensemble. Harmoniemusik was usually played outdoors, and the music ranged from small forms, such as marches, polonaises, ecossaises and other dances, to multi-movement works such as the Serenades of Mozart and the great Octet in Eb major Op. 103 by Beethoven himself.

This particular march was originally scored for the then traditional line-up of two clarinets, two bassoons and two horns. Other works of this nature also used the then new-fangled Turkish percussion instruments such as cymbals, bass drum and the  wonderfully-named 'Jingling Johnny'. There is no reason a scratch percussion section cannot be added to this piece to recreate that particular sound. To that end, a rhythm part has been added for whatever banging, crashing and jingling you may wish to add to the performance.


Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

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