6 String Sextets, G.454-459 (Op.23) (Boccherini, Luigi)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Sieber, No.85, n.d.(ca.1780). Plate 77.
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Work Title 6 String Sextets, G.454-459 (Op.23)
Alternative. Title Six Sestetti Concertanti
Composer Boccherini, Luigi
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. G.454-459 ; Op.23 in Boccherini's autograph catalogue (published as Op.24)
Key see below
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 sextets
  • Sextet in E major, G.454
I. Allegro molto (E major)
II. Larghetto (B major)
III. Minuetto (E major), Trio 1 (E major), Trio 2 (C minor), Trio 3 (E major)
IV. Finale (E major)
  • Sextet in B major, G.455
I. Allegro moderato (B major)
II. Andantino (E major)
II. Minuetto (E major), Trio (C minor)
III. Allegro vivo (B major)
  • Sextet in E major, G.456
I. Moderato assai (E major)
II. Allegro brillante (E major)
III. Minuetto (A major), Trio (A minor)
IV. Finale. Presto (E major)
  • Sextet in F minor, G.457
I. Allegro moderato (F minor)
II. Minuetto con moto (F major), Trio (B major)
III. Grave assai (B minor)
IV. Finale. Allegro ma non presto (F major)
  • Sextet in D major, G.458
I. Grave (D major)
II. Allegro brioso assai (D major)
III. Minuetto (D minor), Trio (D major)
IV. Allegro. Vivo assai (D major)
  • Sextet in F major, G.459
I. Andantino grazioso (F major)
II. Allegro assai (F major)
III. Tempo di Minuetto (B major), Trio (E major)
IV. Finale. Prestissimo (F major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1776
First Publication. 1780
Dedication Composte per S.A.R. Don Luigi Infante Di Spagna
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Classical
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation 2 Violins, 2 Violas and 2 Cellos


Misc. Comments

  • Opus numbering of Boccherini's oeuvre is always confusing. These sextets were published in Paris, France by Chez le Sr Sieber as Boccherini's Op.24. Yves Gerard in his description of Boccherini's output followed the order of Boccherini's autograph catalogue, hence Boccherini Op.23/1 was designated G.454 and so on until Op.23/6 = G.459. (G.460 is regarded not to be of Boccherini's hand.)
  • However, the publisher, changed the order of the sextets as follows:
  1. Op.24/1 = Op.23/1 = G.454, E-flat-major
  2. Op.24/2 = Op.23/2 = G.455, B-flat-major
  3. Op.24/3 = Op.23/5 = G.458, D-major
  4. Op.24/4 = Op.23/6 = G.459, F-major
  5. Op.24/5 = Op.23/4 = G.457, F-minor
  6. Op.24/6 = Op.23/3 = G.456, E-major