Brahms - Variations on a Theme of Haydn (octet)
Arranged for octet
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) composed his Variations on a Theme of Haydn in 1873, in two versions: one for two pianos (Op. 56b) and one for orchestra (Op. 56a). It is a theme and variations based on the Saint Anthony Chorale. Brahms took the theme from the second movement of a wind ensemble piece Divertimento No. 1 that was originally attributed to Joseph Haydn. There are eight variations on the theme followed by a finale using a ground bass or passacaglia, a concept that Brahms was later to use in his Fourth Symphony. This arrangement is for octet, using the same instrumentation as Schubert's Octet in F major, D803.
Instrumentation: Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass (8 players)
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