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Franz Krommer

9One of the most important composers of Harmoniemusik was Franz Krommer (1759-1832). His Partitas and Harmonies (ca 25 works still exist) are not only good music for winds, but also provide an interesting part to all musicians from the first oboe to the double bassoon player. Shown is the first page of the autograph score of his Harmonie (“La Chasse”) op. 71.One of Mozart’s lesser known contemporaries is the composer Franz Vinzenz Krommer.

He was trained as a violinist and organist and, later, in the early 1780s, he is reported to be “improving on his composition skills.”

His activities include a number of positions as organist, violinist and musical director for churches and courts in what is now Slovakia, Moravia and Lower-Austria. Around 1791 he settled in Vienna, where he became k.k. Kapellmeister and (the very last official Habsburg) Court Composer in 1818.

His large, mainly instrumental output (approximately 300 compositions) include brilliant partitas for windband. A partita or Harmonie in fact is a four movement symphony for wind ensemble.

It is believed, that he (who had no proven earlier acquaintance with windinstruments) started to develop a keen sense for this medium as musical director and composer for Count Károly’s regimental bands from 1787 to 1791 and later Anton Prince Grassalkovich de Gyarak’s band.



PARTITA EX DIS (IN E-FLAT) (before 1800)
TWEC: FVK-17
2ob 2cl 2bn 2hn
Mvmts
I. Allegro moderato, II. Romance, III. Menuetto moderato, IV. Rondo
Perf. Time
ca 16’
Level
moderate, virtuoso horn parts
Description
symphony-like work

 

Krommer, Franz
Partita ex Dis (in E-flat) [TWEC: FVK 17] (ca 1790)
F.E. 0208/07 score and parts
2ob 2cl 2bn 2 hn
€ 40.-




HARMONIE OP. 71 IN E-FLAT “LA CHASSE” (1808)
TWEC: FVK-7
2ob 2cl 2bn cbn 2 hn
Mvmts

I. Allegro moderato, II. Menuetto, III. Andante Allegretto, IV. Adagio-Allegro

Perf. Time
ca 18’
Level
moderate-difficult
Description
symphony-like work; hunting signals in the horns (Finale)

 

Krommer, Franz
Harmonie op. 71 in E-flat (1808)
F.E. 0404/24 score and parts
2ob 2cl 2bn cbn 2 hn
€ 50.-




HARMONIE OP. 73 IN F (1810)
TWEC: FVK-8
2ob 2cl 2bn cbn 2 hn
Mvmts
I. Allegro vivace, II. Menuetto Allegro, III. Adagio, IV.Alla Polacca
Perf. Time
ca 16’
Level
moderate
Description
symphony-like work

 

Krommer, Franz
Harmonie op. 73 in F (1810)
F.E. 0209/08 score and parts
2ob 2cl 2bn cbn 2 hn
€ 50.-




HARMONIE OP. 76 IN C (1810)
TWEC: FVK-9
2 ob 2cl 2 bn cbn and 2 hn
Mvmts
I. Allegro con brio, II. Adagio, III. Menuetto Allegretto, IV. Allegro
Perf. Time
ca 16’
Level
moderate
Description
symphony-like work

 

Krommer, Franz
Harmonie op. 76 in C (1810)
F.E. 0408/28 score and parts
2ob 2cl 2bn cbn 2 hn
€ 50.-




HARMONIE OP. 77 IN F (1810)
TWEC: FVK-10
2 ob 2cl 2 bn cbn and 2 hn
Mvmts I. Allegro Vivace, II. Andante Allegretto, III. Menuetto Allegro,
IV. Allegro
Perf. Time
ca 18’
Level
moderate
Description
symphony-like work

 

Krommer, Franz
Harmonie op. 77 in F (1810)
F.E. 0409/29 score and parts
2ob 2cl 2bn cbn 2 hn
€ 50.-




HARMONIE OP. 78 IN B-FLAT (1812)
TWEC: FVK-11
2ob 2cl 2bn cbn 2 hn
Mvmts
I. Allegro moderato, II. Menuetto moderato, III. Adagio, IV. Presto
Perf. Time
ca 16’
Level
difficult
Description
symphony-like work

 

Krommer, Franz
Harmonie op. 78 in B-flat (1812)
F.E. 0410/30 score and parts
2ob 2cl 2bn cbn 2 hn
€ 50.-




HARMONIE OP. 83 IN F (1811)
TWEC: FVK-13
2ob 2cl 2bn 2 hn tp
Mvmts
I. Allegro, II. Romanze Allegretto, III. Menuetto Allegro,
IV. Rondo Allegro
Perf. Time
ca 17’
Level
moderate
Description
symphony-like work with obligato trumpet part

 

Krommer, Franz
Harmonie op. 83 in F (1811)
F.E. 0302/11 score and parts
2ob 2cl 2bn 2 hn tp
€ 50.-
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