8 Winds & Mozart

Jul 30, 2018

Mozart was just 25-years-old when he moved out of the nest. Away from home, he found love, musical inspiration, and composed his first opera, Abduction from the Seraglio, in Vienna. That piece, along with others, kick-started his career.

To make his music more accessible, he composed octets, as did Krommer with his Partita in F Major, Beethoven with Rondino in E-flat, Schubert with his Minuet, and Mozart again with his Serenade no. 11 in E-flat. As a result, their music was brought into the homes of the wealthy, who employed their own personal wind bands. These bands were typically made up of flutes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons. To hear the music these wind bands played, check out wcfsymphony’s winds on Sunday, August 5th at 4 p.m. on IPR's Symphonies of Iowa!


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart         Overture, Abduction from the Seraglio (Harmoniemusik)

Franz Krommer                                 Partita in F major

Ludwig van Beethoven                  Rondino in E-flat

Franz Schubert                                  Minuet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart         Serenade no. 11 in E-flat