Notturno, Op.34 (Spohr, Louis)
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Piano 4 hands
For Cello and Piano (Grützmacher)
Andante con Variationi
For Oboe and Piano (Klemcke)
Heilbronn: C.F. Schmidt,. Plates C.F.S. 114, 116, 118.
Melville, NY: Belwin Mills, n.d. (ca. 1970). Catalog K 4519.
The above HMB is an arrangement for flute or violin and piano. However, the score says "oboe or violin or flute", and the original CF Schmidt plates are as above according to Baldwin-Wallace Library Catalog.
For Organ solo (Lux)
|Work Title||Notturno, Op.34|
|Alternative Title||Notturno für Harmonie und Janitscharen-Musik|
|Year/Date of Composition||1815|
|First Publication||1816 (arrangement)|
1826 (original score)
|Dedication||Günther Friedrich Carl, Fürst zu Schwarzburg-Sondershausen|
|Instrumentation||Winds, Percussion. (piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 horns, post-horn, corno di basso, 2 trumpets, trombone, triangle, bass drum (tamburo grande), cymbals (piatti))|
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 don'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
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...