Wind Quintet in e minor, op. 11 No. 1
(Blaserquintt e-moll, op. 11,1)
Composed by Anton Reicha (1770-1836)
Edited by Miloslav Klement
Published by Leuckhart
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet (Bb), Horn (F), Bassoon
The Czech composer Antonin Reicha (1770-1836) spent the major part of his working life in Paris. He achieved fame as a teacher at the Paris Conservatoire where his class produced artists of such rank as Hector Berlioz, Cesar Franck, and Charles Gounod, but his compositions have been largely forgotten. Of Reicha's numerous and hitherto underrated works only a few wind quintets are to be found on modern concert programmes, but these few are basic items in the repertoire of every chamber ensemble of this kind.
The Wind Quintet in e minor, op. 88 No. 1 is the first of six such works which were published as Opus 18 by Jeannet and Cotelle in Paris in 1817. A wind quintet in F major, which he composed in 1811, has never been published.
The present publication is based on the first edition of 1817. The dynamics and phrasing marks have been revised with a view to consistency, and for practical purposes the clarinet and French horn parts have been transposed to the now customary pitches of Bb and F.
The possible cuts suggested in the fouth movement (the small notes should be played if the cuts are observed) are in keeping with those used by the “Reicha Wind Quintet” of Prague, which has recorded this composition for Supraphon.
– Miloslav Klement
(Translated by Desmond Clayton)