Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) was a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous of all composers. His best known compositions include 9 symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. Born in Bonn, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age. During his first 22 years in Bonn, Beethoven intended to study with Mozart and befriended Joseph Haydn. Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 and began studying with Haydn, quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. In about 1800 his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. Beethoven's funeral procession on 29 March 1827 was attended by an estimated 20,000 Viennese citizens. Franz Schubert, who died the following year and was buried next to Beethoven, was one of the torchbearers.
Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16, was written in 1796. The quintet is scored for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. It was inspired by Mozart's Quintet, K. 452 (1784), which has the same scoring and is also in E-flat.
It is in three movements:
I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo.
Louis Spohr (1784 – 1859), was a German composer, violinist and conductor. Highly regarded during his lifetime he composed ten symphonies, eighteen violin concerti, and various works for small ensemble. Spohr was the inventor of both the violin chinrest and the orchestral rehearsal mark. His output occupies a pivotal position between Classicism and Romanticism. 1808, Spohr practiced with Beethoven at the latter's home, working on the Piano Trio, Op. 70. Spohr later worked as conductor at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna (1813–1815), where he continued to be on friendly terms with Beethoven; subsequently he was opera director at Frankfurt (1817–1819) where he was able to stage his own operas. Spohr's longest period of employment, from 1822 until his death in Kassel, was as the director of music at the court of Kassel, a position offered him on the suggestion of Carl Maria von Weber.
The Octet in E Major by Spohr was written in 1813 and has 4 movements.
1st. Adagio -Allegro
3rd. Andante con variazioni.
The Vienna Octet was formed by Willi Boskovsky (1909 – 1991) who was born in Vienna, and joined the Vienna Academy of music at the age of nine. He was the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1936 to 1979. In chamber ensemble he led the Boskovsky Quartet. The Boskovsky Quartet, together with Johann Krump formed the Vienna Octet.
The sleeve is in excellent condition with minor aging signs.
The disk is in excellent condition and appears to be unplayed