Selections from Serenade #10, ‘Gran Partita’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged for Flute Choir by Martin Melicharek
Instrumentation: 4 C flutes, 2 alto flutes, bass flute, contrabass flute
Score and parts
Though the exact date of this composition is unknown, the Serenade #10 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in about the year 1781 and most commonly referred to as the “Gran Partita”. Fortunately the original manuscript is still in existence. It is the largest work for wind ensemble composed by Mozart, a distinct departure from other small ensemble works, originally composed for 13 players in seven movements. It is scored for the usual 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns, and 2 bassoons, however, he includes an additional 2 horns, 2 basset horns and a string bass. The earliest and only known performance was in March of 1784, when four of the movements were performed in a benefit concert organized by the famous clarinetist Anton Stadler.
The present transcription is a large flute choir adaptation of this work. The Camellia City Flute Choir performed the first version of this work in 2005 at the convention of the National Flute Association. The availability of an increasing number of alto, bass and contrabass flute players led the effort of bringing the adaption to the full strength of our contemporary large flute ensembles. Three of the most familiar movements of the Serenade were selected for this suite: the first (Largo- Allegro molto), the third (Adagio), and the seventh (Rondo). In this edition, the work is scored for four C Flutes, two Alto Flutes, one Bass Flute and one Contrabass Flute. Because Mozart made few notations with respect to dynamics and articulations, conductors have some latitude with these elements in the performance of this work.