Wind Music

Fantasia for a Mechanical Organ  No.1, K 594

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

arranged by Tony Turrill for woodwind octet

2Flutes/2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets), 2 Bassoons


click on the quaver for some excerpts



here for a full virtual performance


Mozart was commissioned by Count Deym von Strzitez, a Viennise art collector, to produce a piece for a mechanical organ in a mausoleum that honoured  Field Marshall Baron von Laudon. The machine was operated by a clock to play hourly and K594 featured at the opening of the mausoleum.  Mozart was less than enthusiastic, he thought the organ "too high pitched and childish” but nevertheless was persuaded to produce a second piece, K608 - no doubt the fee being sufficient incentive.  Despite his reservations both fantasia are fine examples of his work and have inspired many arrangements.

Our settings for a woodwind octet arose from a belief that the sound of this ensemble without horns might well approach the original timbre of the organ.  On a more pragmatic level they provided something substantial for a hornless ensemble.

The work is in one continuous movement, Adagio, Allegro Adagio and will last around ten minutes.

We also publish settings of the second fantasia, a similar combination to this one by Tony Turrill, and another of the second  fantasia as an octet containing basset horns, Ein Orgel-Stuck fur eine hur, K608 by Duncan Druce

For a an Adobe pdf file Buy it now for 17

For a paper copy costing 23 visit www.juneemersonwindmusic  (When you arrive the quickest way of finding the work is to enter NM2087 into the  search box & then scroll down the page.)