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Beethoven: Woodwind Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 103

Beethoven composed his Woodwind Octet in E-flat Major shortly before he left his hometown of Bonn for Vienna.

Marktplatz in Bonn

The Beethovenfest takes place in Beethoven's home town of Bonn

The work -- written for two oboes, two clarinets, two horns and two bassoons -- was intended for Prince Elector Maximilian Franz's highly skilled court woodwind ensemble.

Ensemble Zefiro performed the Octet in the La Redoute villa near Bonn as part of the 2007 Beethovenfest. The Italy-based group specializes in 18th century woodwind music and plays on original instruments or replicas of period instruments.

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  • Date 20.09.2007
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