Schubert: Octet in F Major, Op. posth. 166, D 803

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  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Editor: Peter Jost
  • Instrumentation: Cello, Viola, Violin I, Violin II, Double Bass, Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn
  • ISMN: 979-020180562-7
  • Size: 9.5 x 12.4 inches
  • Pages: 152
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


The model for this composition was Beethoven's Septet, Op. 20, whose Divertimento character and six-part layout were adopted by Schubert, although he merely expanded the instrumentation by adding a second violin. in a letter he numbered his octet amongst the chamber music works with which he desired to blaze a "path to the great symphony". It can no longer be ascertained whether the composition was commissioned by Count Ferdinand Troyer, who had a musical salon in Vienna and played the clarinet. We only know that Schubert composed the work at the beginning of 1824, taking only a few weeks to do so and that it was shortly performed at Troyer's afterwards. Today it is one of the most popular larger chamber music works.