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
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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
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make a note of the ref. no. NM2087; used with the composer and title it will help identify the work
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