Notturno, Op.34 (Spohr, Louis)
Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d.. Plate 3598.
Manuscript parts at the end are transposed versions of some clarinet parts (clarinet in Bb as opposed to C) and some additional flute parts (notably piccolo for the the march and finale).
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Piano 4 hands
Leipzig: C.F. Peters, n.d.(1816). Plate 1262.
This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project. Whistling, 1817 lists this arrangement. Published no later than April 1817 (reviewed(?) in the , p.253, but also listed in the supplement.
For Cello and Piano (Grützmacher)
Andante con Variationi
For Oboe and Piano (Klemcke)
Heilbronn: C.F. Schmidt, n.d. [1892 and 1895]. Plate C.F.S. 114, 116, 118.
Melville, NY: Belwin Mills, n.d. (ca.1970). Catalog K 4519.
However, the score says "oboe or violin or flute", and the original CF Schmidt plates are as above according to. Re Klemcke: died late 1895, Vienna, Austria according to Musicsack. This appears to be an amalgamation of two different arrangements: Köhler's for oboe and piano ( ) and Klemmcke's for violin/flute and piano ( ). Plates in the 100s would date to 1892.
For Organ solo (Lux)
|Alternative Title||Notturno für Harmonie und Janitscharen-Musik|
|Year/Date of Composition||1815|
|First Publication||1816 (arrangement)|
1826 (original score)
|Dedication||Günther Friedrich Carl, Fürst zu Schwarzburg-Sondershausen|
Grove lists the instrumentation of this piece as being "wind insts, Turkish band". Though a nocturne is supposed to be a "night piece", and one would normally associate that with restfulness, this piece in its original form is as noisy as one would expect of a band employing Turkish band types of instruments. Various instruments, notably the clarinet, have soloistic roles to play, and the percussion don't play in all the movements.
- A nocturne did not take on the "restful" meaning now associated until John Field's piano pieces of that name (around this time, true- don't know if Spohr knew them, but - different context, anyway). Notturnos by Mozart and others are like serenades and divertimenti of the time, meant for open-air performance, often in the background, at and for various occasions (Mozart wrote a number of very good works indeed of this kind...) - Schissel (edit: often night-time occasions, hence, night pieces, one guesses at least.)
According to Brown, the Notturno was not published until 1826. The duet arrangement seems to have appeared around 1816, though, so presumably the full score/parts are meant...