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Capriccioso for oboe, clarinet in B-flat, horn in F, bassoon and piano, op. 95g (1993)


Capriccioso Beginning

Première: 19th July, 1993, Regensburg, Musikgymnasium der Regensburger Domspatzen
Markus Schlager / Florian Satzl / Malte Müller / Josef Schneider / Markus Mittermeier

Duration: 5 Minutes

Publisher: Vogt & Fritz (score and parts of the Quintet, op. 106) VF 1369 - M 2026-0256-0

The Quintet, op. 106 is available on CD: Bluval 1 Ralph Ebner (oboe), Venelin Piperov (clarinet), Tobias Albrecht (bassoon), Johannes Schuster (horn), Andreas Skouras (piano); order it here:

The Capriccioso was written by Bertold Hummel in 1993, responding to a suggestion by Winfried Wenzl, for a talented young instrumental ensemble of the Regensburg Domspatzen (cathedral choristers). It was originally planned as striking contribution to a chamber music competition. One year before his death, Hummel integrated the piece in its original form with its many effects into the Quintet, op. 106, his last large-scale chamber music work. Here, under the title Capriccio, it is heard as the final movement. Hummel gives us the following description: "The 3rd movement begins with a signal-like introduction, followed by a theme with dance character, dominating the whole movement with its variable metre. At different points it is interrupted, on one occasion by a waltz, later by a chorale-like episode and additionally by a metamorphosis of the introductory bars. The apparent conclusion is followed by a little musical question mark."

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