Notturno, Op.34 (Spohr, Louis)

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Fynnjamin (2012/2/10)

Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d.[1853]. Plate 3598.
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Misc. Notes Manuscript parts at the end are transposed versions of some clarinet parts (clarinet in Bb as opposed to C) and some additional flute parts (notably piccolo for the the march and finale).
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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For Piano 4 hands

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Morel (2010/2/25)

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Morel (2010/2/25)

Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d.(1816). Plate 1262.
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Misc. Notes This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project. Whistling, 1817 lists this arrangement. Published no later than April 1817 (reviewed(?) in the April 1817 AMZ, p.253, but also listed in the Dec. 1816 Intelligenzblatt supplement.
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For Violin or Viola and Piano (Eichler)

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Schalltrichter (2015/8/26)

Arranger Friedrich Wilhelm Eichler (probably) (1809–1859)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Edition Peters, n.d.[1833]. Plate 2352, 4218.
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Misc. Notes Viola arrangement Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1860), p.151
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For Cello and Piano (Grützmacher)

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Generoso (2010/6/19)

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Generoso (2010/6/19)

Arranger Friedrich Grützmacher (1832-1903)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d.[1854]. Plate 3639.
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Misc. Notes Paraphrases entitled Grand Duo.
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I. Marcia

For Organ (Best)

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Keanur (2017/6/4)

Arranger William Thomas Best (1826-1897)
Publisher. Info. Arrangements from the Scores of the Great Masters, Vol.2 (pp.391-393)
London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d. Plate 2229.
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II. Menuetto

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Keanur (2017/9/12)

Arranger William Thomas Best (1826-1897)
Publisher. Info. Arrangements from the Scores of the Great Masters, Vol.4 (pp.1038-1043)
London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d. Plate 2229.
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III. Andante con Variazioni

For Oboe and Piano (Klemcke)

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Daphnis (2010/1/12)

Arranger Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm Klemcke (d.1895) (flute/violin and piano version)
Oskar Köhler (1851–1917) (oboe and piano version)
Publisher. Info. Heilbronn: C.F. Schmidt, n.d. [1892 and 1895]. Plate C.F.S. 114, 116, 118.
Reprinted Melville, NY: Belwin Mills, n.d. (ca.1970). Catalog K 4519.
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Misc. Notes However, the score says "oboe or violin or flute", and the original CF Schmidt plates are as above according to Baldwin-Wallace Library Catalog. Re Klemcke: died late 1895, Vienna, Austria according to Musicsack. This appears to be an amalgamation of two different arrangements: Köhler's for oboe and piano (Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1892), p.225) and Klemcke's for violin/flute and piano (Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1895), p.466). Plates in the 100s would date to 1892.
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For Organ (Best)

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Keanur (2017/6/1)

Arranger William Thomas Best (1826-1897)
Publisher. Info. Arrangements from the Scores of the Great Masters, Vol.2 (pp.294-301)
London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d. Plate 2229.
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IV. Polacca

For Organ (Best)

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Keanur (2017/9/12)

Arranger William Thomas Best (1826-1897)
Publisher. Info. Arrangements from the Scores of the Great Masters, Vol.4 (pp.1044-1046)
London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d. Plate 2229.
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V. Adagio

For Organ (Lux)

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Massenetique (2012/10/18)

Arranger Friedrich Lux (1820-1895)
Publisher. Info. Mainz: B. Schott’s Söhne, n.d.[1878]. Plate 22465.
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For Organ (Best)

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Keanur (2017/6/4)

Arranger William Thomas Best (1826-1897)
Publisher. Info. Arrangements from the Scores of the Great Masters, Vol.2 (pp.367-369)
London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d. Plate 2229.
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General Information

Work Title Notturno
Alternative. Title Notturno für Harmonie und Janitscharen-Musik
Composer Spohr, Louis
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.34
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements:
  1. Marcia
  2. Menuetto
  3. Andante con Variazioni
  4. Polacca
  5. Adagio
  6. Finale
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1815
First Publication. 1816 (arrangement)
1826 (original score)
Dedication Günther Friedrich Carl, Fürst zu Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Wind Band: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 oboes,
2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 horns, post-horn, corno di basso,
2 trumpets, trombone, triangle, bass drum, cymbals

Misc. Comments

Grove lists the instrumentation of this piece as being "wind insts, Turkish band". Though a nocturne is supposed to be a "night piece", and one would normally associate that with restfulness, this piece in its original form is as noisy as one would expect of a band employing Turkish band types of instruments. Various instruments, notably the clarinet, have soloistic roles to play, and the percussion doesn't play in all the movements.

A nocturne did not take on the "restful" meaning now associated until John Field's piano pieces of that name (around this time, true- don't know if Spohr knew them, but - different context, anyway). Notturnos by Mozart and others are like serenades and divertimenti of the time, meant for open-air performance, often in the background, at and for various occasions (Mozart wrote a number of very good works indeed of this kind...) - Schissel (edit: often night-time occasions, hence, night pieces, one guesses at least.)

According to Brown, the Notturno was not published until 1826. The duet arrangement seems to have appeared around 1816, though, so presumably the full score/parts are meant...