Celebrated Wind Quintets
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August Klughardt

August Klughardt (1847-1902)

Nationality: German
Born: November 30, 1847, Cöthen Died: August 3, 1902, Rosslau (age 54)

Wind Quintet in C major, Op. 79

(for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon)
8:18 I. Allegro non troppo
4:18 II. Allegro vivace
4:00 III. Andante grazioso - Coda
5:28 IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
Duration: 23 minutes (approximately)
Composed: c. 1898 (age 50-51)
Published: 1901, Bayreuth: C. Geisel (age 53-54)
5 recordings, 20 videos
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6:53
Lieurance Woodwind Quintet
I. Allegro non troppo
3:46
Lieurance Woodwind Quintet
II. Allegro vivace
3:59
Lieurance Woodwind Quintet
III. Andante grazioso - Coda
5:29
Lieurance Woodwind Quintet
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
9:48
Les Vents Français
I. Allegro non troppo
4:36
Les Vents Français
II. Allegro vivace
3:57
Les Vents Français
III. Andante grazioso - Coda
5:40
Les Vents Français
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
9:40
Quintette Aquilon
I. Allegro non troppo
4:14
Quintette Aquilon
II. Allegro vivace
4:02
Quintette Aquilon
III. Andante grazioso - Coda
5:15
Quintette Aquilon
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
6:37
Hexagon Ensemble
I. Allegro non troppo
4:14
Hexagon Ensemble
II. Allegro vivace
3:24
Hexagon Ensemble
III. Andante grazioso - Coda
5:24
Hexagon Ensemble
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
10:05
Zéphyros Winds
I. Allegro non troppo
4:47
Zéphyros Winds
II. Allegro vivace
4:16
Zéphyros Winds
III. Andante grazioso - Coda
5:35
Zéphyros Winds
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
From Edition Silvertrust

August Klughardt "Klughardt's Op.79 Wind Quintet should be of special interest to wind instrument societies. The individual instruments are handled with admirable skill, the possibilities of all, and in particular the clarinet and the horn, are especially well realized. The music is also to be admired and perfectly clear. In all four movements, the music is agreeable and entertaining. The composer's natural humor shows itself throughout."

Wilhelm Altmann writing in Cobbett's Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music.

August Klughardt (1847-1902) was born in the German town of Köthen in Saxon-Anhalt. After studying music locally, Klughardt began to earn his living by conducting. He served in several locales, including Weimar where he worked from 1869 to 1873. There, he met Franz Liszt, which was very important for his creative development. While influenced by Wagner and Liszt, Klughardt did not by any means entirely adopt the ideology of their New German School, refusing to write tone poems and instead concentrating on symphonies and chamber music. The influence of Robert Schumann, and to a lesser extent Brahms, certainly is equally important. It was his failure to whole-heartedly adopt Lisztian principals which led to his being labeled as a conservative composer.

In four movements, the Quintet dates from 1901. After a slow introduction, the opening Allegro non troppo starts off in a mysterious vein. But quickly changes mood into a playful series of interludes between the voices. The second movement, Allegro vivace, is a sprightly scherzo. The Andante grazioso, which serves as the slow movement, is in the form of a stately minuet. The finale begins with a lengthy Adagio introduction before the main sections, Allegro molto vivace, which is full of high spirits.

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